The Singapore Prize 2023 and the NUS Singapore History Prize

The Singapore Prize 2023 recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate exceptional leadership and success in reshaping communities and countries throughout South East Asia. Recipients are recognized for seizing new opportunities to compete on a global stage, creating connections among different disciplines, and reinventing how business is conducted.

Indian makers of solar-powered dryers, a soil carbon marketplace and groups that help restore Andean forests, deter illegal fishing practices and make electric car batteries cleaner were announced Tuesday as winners of a green prize awarded at a ceremony hosted by Britain’s Prince William in Singapore. Prince William stated at MediaCorp Theatre that solutions presented by 15 finalists demonstrated there is hope despite climate change taking its toll; celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Lana Condor, Donnie Yen and animal conservationist Robert Irwin also walked the green carpet giving awards made of recycled materials to those receiving them.

One of the finalists is the founder of Grass Roots Fund, an initiative which empowers underserved young people to pursue their passions and become leaders for sustainable development. Since 2015, they have supported over 1000 youth and their families and received support from several philanthropists; their goal is to grow support to 3,000 by 2030.

Another graphic novel to enter this year’s competition is one with worldwide praise for its accuracy and historical research: ‘The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye’ won three Eisner awards – often known as the Oscars of comic books – from US-based Eisner Foundation which honors excellence within this industry. Well known for its detailed illustrations depicting life of Singaporean cartoonist, its detailed depictions have attracted widespread praise from literary critics worldwide.

The NUS Singapore History Prize aims to broaden definitions of what constitutes history and promote writing that explores multiple perspectives and themes about Singapore’s past. Awardees range from established writers such as Tamil writer rmaa cureess in Tamil to emerging authors with Cureess winning two awards in both Readers’ Favourite and Fiction categories.

Ms Hidayah, born in Gedung Kuning – the former Istana Kampong Glam – in 1972, spent five years researching her book and interviewing residents. The jury that awarded Ms Hidayah this prize, chaired by NUS Asia Research Institute distinguished fellow Kishore Mahbubani, praised its combined approach of history and primary sources in her book as both evidence for its selection as both. Mahbubani noted it showed how anyone can write about Singapore history; all they need do is come alive through their personal stories.” All rights are Reserved 2023-2024 2023 2024