Beginning from 2018, the ZI Prize is an annual literary and lifestyle award instituted by Ehi Zogie (Ehizogie E. Iyeomoan) to reward creative ingenuity and honour empathy towards humanity. In 2018, the Empathy arm of the Prize in its premiere edition awarded eight distinguised humans: Denja Abdullahi, amu nnadi, Laura M. Kaminski (Halima Ayuba), Adebola Fashanu, Hannah Ofeimun, Nweke H. Ezeanioma, Prof. Ignatius A. Onimawo and Pick A Child Africa (an education and child-welfare focaled Nonprofit).
The Prize also aims at documenting the noteworthy stories of today’s new, up and coming voices for the benefit of tomorrow, and honour humans who in spite of impossible odds, have distinguished themselves – in the arts of existence and acts of empathy.
Every year, the Artistic Director appoints a jury of distinguished art personalities from various art fields, reflecting a broadly diverse collage of the human creative spirit.
Beginning from 2019, the Artsy arm of the prize shall award a prize of 50,000 Naira, 20,000 Naira and 10,000 Naira respectively to three works as the judges’ may select (without any special preference of one category over the others). A longlist of twelve pieces is released in August, followed immediately by a shortlist of five, and the Winner & runners-up announced in an award-ceremony in September.
There is no specific theme for entries into the artsy arm of the ZI Prize, but works that empathise with the human condition yet cut across the endless stretch that is identity, with a view to uniting peoples and fostering peaceful coexistence, are given keener eyes.