Awards Recieved
  1. Reporter of the year, Rima Radio, Sokoto, 1979
  2. Cross River State Government Scholarship Award, 1979 – 1983
  3. Winner, Best Short Story Competition, Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, 1982, with the entry entitled “The Rising Lizard.”
  4. University of Cross River State Staff Development Programme Award, 1987/1988 session.
  5. University of Uyo Staff Development Programme Award, 1995/1996 session to 2000/2001 session.
  6. Runner-up in the 1996 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) annual competition for the ANA/Okigbo Prize, for the entry Eclipse in Rwanda, then under the title Volcano.
  7. Cross River State Government of Nigeria Honours Award, October 1, 2000 for outstanding contribution to the growth of African Literature and culture.
  8. Nigeria’s representative on the U.S. Government-sponsored Fulbright Programme on: “The United States through Literature: Reading America,” May 30 to July 10, 2002.
  9. Runner-up for the ANA/Cadbury Prize in the 2004 ANA annual competition for the entry, Hill Songs.
  10. Travel scholarship to the international conference on the abolition of the Slave Trade, Accra, Ghana, August, 2007.
  11. Travel Scholarship to the two-week workshop on “Africa, Europe and the Americas 1500- 1700”, held at the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Cultures, Institutions, and Economic Enterprise, Ghana, July 12 – 26, 2009.
  12. Travel scholarship to the international conference on “Searching for the African Voice in the History of Enslavement, Slave Trade and Slavery”, University of Buea, Cameroon, December 14 – 16, 2010.
  13. African Representative to the 2010 Philippine PEN International Conference, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines, 4 – 5 December 2010.
  14. Recipient of the 2010/2011 Academia Awards as “Education Ambassador” of Akwa Ibom State
  15. Distinguished ELSALITE Award (of the Department of English & Literary Studies), University of Calabar, May 6, 2011
  16. Listed in Who’s Who in Akwa Ibom State among Non-Indigenous Stakeholders, 2012.
  17. My poem, “Africa Today”, makes the final list of entries for the 2015 Montreal, Canada-based Global Poetry Anthology, the only one that qualified from Africa.
  18. Winner, 2019 ANA Poetry Prize