Honours and Awards:

  • Three year-academic scholarship awarded by the Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship Board (at undergraduate level). 1971 – 1974
  • December 1975, Awarded the 2nd Prize in the Christmas Short Story Competition organized by Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)
  • 1989/90 Session Commonwealth Fellowship Award: Awarded a Development Fellowship by the Association of Commonwealth Universities tenable at School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London [Post-Doctoral].
  • August 1994 –  won 1st Prize in the Nationwide Short Story Competition about Social Aspects of Women and Their Activities organized by Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC) Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
  • I was a British Council Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1998
  • A Special Guest of the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, at a Literary Retreat at the Burn in Scotland in 1998.
  • A Research Fellow at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa from 1st August 1999 to 31st July, 2000 in the English Studies Department in the School of Language, Culture and Communication.
  • 2001 – House of Symbols (Novel) won the ANA/Spectrum Prize for fiction.
  • 2001 – House of Symbols won Zulu Sofola Prize for Women Writing.
  • 2003 – First winner of ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for Women Writing.
  • 2004 – House of Symbols (along with two other books) received US $5,000 under the Literature Prize sponsored by Nigeria LNG Ltd. called The Nigeria Prize for Literature.
  • 2004 – House of Symbols was selected as one of 25 Best Books written over the past 25 years (1978-2003) by Spectrum Books, Ibadan.
  • A Recipient of the “Women Glass Ceiling Crashers Award” (awarded by Women Writers Association of Nigeria – WRITA) – 2004.
  • Awarded a Visiting Fellowship by the Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany, as Guest Scholar, from November 1st – December 31st, 2005.
  • Received 2005 Best Researcher Award in the Arts and Humanities, in the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.
  • Honoured as ‘A Model of Achievement’ by The African Cultural Institute and Zenith Bank Plc, in 2005.
  • Children of the Eagle was runner-up (second position) for the Pat Utomi Literature Prize – 2005
  • Snake Child and Star Baby was runner-up for the ANA/Atiku Abubakar Prize for Children’s Literature – 2005
  • Awarded a Research Fellowship (as a Visiting Research Fellow) at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, from 1st October 2006 – 30th September 2007.
  • Joint winner of the 2007 NLNG ‘The Nigeria Prize for Literature’ in the Children Category with my children’s novel entitled My Cousin Sammy – 2007.
  • Honoured with Long & Distinguished Service Award of the University of Lagos on April 19th, 2007.
  • Fire from the Holy Mountain (Children’s novel) won the ANA/Atiku Abubakar Children’s Literature Prize – 2008.
  • Heart Songs (Poetry collection) won the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize – 20092009 – Trafficked was runner-up (second position) for the ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for Women Writing.
  • Nominated as ‘Most Admired Lecturer’ by students of the English Department, University of Lagos – 2010
  • Received ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ from His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Executive Governor of Rivers State at the Garden City Literary Festival (GCLF), December 10th, 2010, in Port Harcourt, “in recognition of the vivid colours she has added to Nigerian Literature”.
  • I was awarded the Fellowship of the Literary Society of Nigeria (FLSN).
  • Roses and Bullets was runner-up (Second position) for the ANA/NDDC Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize for Prose Fiction -2011
  • 2012 – Award by the Faculty of Arts Students Association, University of Lagos, “For her immense contribution to the intellectual development of Nigerian students”.
  • I was given an award by the English Students’ Association of Redeemer’s University (ESARUN), March 2012: “In recognition of her Outstanding Contribution to the Academic Development of Students and the Society as a whole” – 2012
  • 2012 – Awarded the Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL).
  • Roses and Bullets was runner-up (one of three books) for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.  402 books were submitted for the competition, from 26 African countries – 2012
  • 2012 – Given a chieftaincy title – Ugonwanyi Edemede Ndi-Igbo – by Eze Nwabueze Ohazulike (OON) Eze Mkpume II (Omereoha) Eze Ndi-Igbo Lagos State, in recognition of my achievements in the fields of writing and research. The title means ‘Queen of Letters of Igboland’.
  • 2012 – One of the 50 Nigerian writers profiled in Nigerian Literature, A Coat of Many Colours. edited by Koko Kalango, a publication Of Rainbow Book Club (organizers of The Garden City Literary Festival, Port Harcourt) in partnership with Rivers State Government.
  • 2012 – Given an Award of Excellence by the Igbo Students and Alumni Congress Worldwide.
  • 2013 – I was presented an award by Greensprings School, Lekki, Lagos, in “Recognition of her Outstanding Contribution to Literacy.”
  • Presented an award (along with five others) by Mr Peter Obi, Anambra State Governor, on July 13, 2013 in Awka: “In recognition of her Literary Achievement as the first Anambra State citizen to win the NLNG’s The Nigeria Prize for Literature.” The Award was one million naira (N1,000,000.00).
  • 2014 – I was awarded the Fellowship of the English Scholars Association of Nigeria (FESAN).
  • Recipient of Gold Award for Excellence from Uga Improvement Union (U.I.U.) on December 26, 2016, “for your contribution to the educational, economic and social development of Uga Town and for your achievements in research and writing.”
  • Presented an Award of Recognition by the 2017 Creative Class of Department of Language & Literature, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, for Contribution Towards the Development of Creativity, 24 February, 2017.
  • I was awarded the Fellowship of the Association of Nigerian Authors (FANA) on October 30, 2017.
  • “Award of Excellence presented to Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo in recognition of her Outstanding Service to Humanity” by the Faculty of Humanities, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI), 9 November, 2017.
  • Special Award as the Highest Ranked Nigerian Participant at the Igbo Studies Association (USA) at Dominican University, River Forest, Chicago, IL, 11 May, 2019.
  • Won the 1st Prize in the Staff Short Story category (Maiden Edition) in the Creative Writing Competition at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, 25 July, 2019.
  • Won the 2nd Prize in the Staff Poetry category (Maiden Edition) in the Creative Writing Competition at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, 25 July, 2019.
  • 2019 – My Poetry Collection Mixed Legacies is the First Runner Up of ANA Poetry Prize 2019 out of the three shortlisted.
  • Received an Award in Recognition of my contribution and as a pioneer member towards the development of Anambra AEFUNAI on December 8, 2019.
  • Won the 1st Prize in the Staff Short Story category (Second Edition) in the Creative Writing Competition 2, at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, 13th December, 2019.
  • Won the 3rd Prize in the Staff Poetry category (Second Edition) in the Creative Writing Competition 2, at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, 13th December, 2019.
  • Short story “The President’s Change Agent” won the African Literature Association (ALA) USA Best Short Story Award in May 2020.
  • Won the First Prize in the 2021 Haiku Competition organized by the International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace (IFLAC).
  • “Award of Excellence Presented to Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo by Excellence Club, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI) for Being an Excellent Mother, Mentor and Role Model to Us”. 10th February, 2022.
  • Winner of the 2022 Fonlon-Nichols Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and Contribution to the Struggle for Human Rights and Freedom of Expression administered by African Literature Association (ALA), USA, on 21 May, 2022.
  • “Excellent Service Award Presented to Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo by Association of Nigerian Authors, Ebonyi State Branch in Appreciation of Your Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Education and Creativity.” July, 2022.
  • A new Prize, Akachi Ezeigbo Prize for Literature, was instituted in 2022 by Abibiman Publishing, UK, in her honour. The Prize is in 5 categories: Akachi Ezeigbo Prize for Poetry; Akachi Ezeigbo Prize for Fiction; Akachi Ezeigbo Prize for Drama, Akachi Ezeigbo Prize for Children’s Literature and Akachi Ezeigbo Prize for Literary Criticism and will be awarded for the first time in February 2023.
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