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Kukogho, Sada, Halima win 2023 HIASFEST Golden Awards for Art Administrators

The Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation (HCAF) has announced Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, Sada Malumfashi and Halima Aliyu as the winners of the 2023 Golden Awards for…

The Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation (HCAF) has announced Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, Sada Malumfashi and Halima Aliyu as the winners of the 2023 Golden Awards for Art Administrators in Nigeria. The award is part of activities which culminates in the Hadiza Ibrahim Aliyu Schools Festival (HIASFEST), the largest Teen Arts Festival in Africa.

Announcing the winners, the HCAF founder and director, BM Dzukogi noted that the Golden Awards for Art Administrators was established to recognize writers and artists who have helped promote and develop young writers and produced texts that have made a significant contribution to the literary development of Nigeria and Africa.

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Profiling the awardees, Dzukogi noted that Kukogho is awarded “for his exemplary resourcefulness, creative enterprise, publishing of many young Nigerians, creation of artistic platforms and prizes for literary development and immeasurable commitment to the growth of art in Nigeria” while Sada is awarded “for his huge impact on cultural promotion, art administration and writing at a young age” and Halima “for her passion for giving back to society through art.”

Kukogho is a writer, communications professional and publishing entrepreneur who has authored several notable books including the Devil’s Pawn, winner of the 2018 Dusty Manuscript Prize. 

Sada Malumfashi is a writer and cultural curator in Nigeria. He is the founder of Open Arts, a literary and arts collective where he curates the Hausa International Book and Arts Festival (HIBAF)Halima Aliyu is a writer, editor and the Founder/Director of Ayamba Litcast- an online literary space that features podcasts, book reviews, and interviews, and provides a database for emerging writers on the African continent. 

Past winners of the annual award which comes with a 100,000 naira cash prize for each winner, include notable literary personalities such as Titilayo Shoneyin, Dike Chukwumerije, Khalid Imam and Wale Okediran.

The 2023 winners will receive their awards at HIASFEST 2023, which will hold at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State, on 21st January 2023. 

HCAF is a registered non-governmental organisation that mentors students in various artistic expressions and has been at the forefront of discovering and developing young creative minds since 2004.