Shell Nigeria Yudala
Etisalat Prize for Literature announces 2016 Shortlist

By News Express on 16/01/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 502

Etisalat Nigeria CEO Matthew Willsher.
Etisalat Nigeria CEO Matthew Willsher.

Etisalat Nigeria on Monday announced the names of the three shortlisted authors for the 2016 edition of its pan-African literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

According to this year’s Chair of Judges, Helon Habila, “In addition to originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a work that portrays an African sensibility.”

The three shortlisted books are:

Jacqui L’Ange (South Africa); The Seed Thief (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa);

Jowhor Ile (Nigeria); And After Many Days (Kachifo Limited, Nigeria);

Julie Iromuanya (Nigeria) Mr & Mrs Doctor (Coffee House Press, USA).

The authors were shortlisted by a three-member judging panel comprising Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila (Chair of Judges); South African writer/activist, Elinor Sisulu; and Ivorian writer and Africa39 laureate, Edwige Renée Dro.

The winner for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature will be unveiled at the Grand Finale in Lagos, scheduled to take place in March 2017.

Commenting on the success of the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, commended the judges for their diligence in selecting the top three books out of the tens of titles that were received following the call for entry.

He said: “This is by no means a simple task. The role of the judges is quite enormous and we want to thank them for the attention and dedication to the entire review process which birthed the top three finalists”.

Willsher reiterated Etisalat’s commitment to continuously having an impact on the lives of Nigerians and indeed Africans by offering them innovative products and services and more importantly a platform that enables them to express their passion and creativity.
“At Etisalat, we have found the nexus between innovation and creativity. This is why we give people the opportunity to express their individuality and ingenuity so they can be the best in whatever they choose to do”, he enthused. He further added that Sarah Ladipo Manyika will be joining other renowned literary personalities as a patron of the prize.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that celebrates debut African writers of published book-length fiction. It is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries resident anywhere in the world. Now in its fourth year, it is acknowledged as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction. The Etisalat Prize for Literature also incorporates an award for Flash Fiction, which is an online-based competition for non-published African writers of short stories.

The winner of the Prize receives £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen, an Etisalat sponsored book tour to three African countries as well an Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland. In addition, all the shortlisted writers will also enjoy a sponsored multi-city book tour while Etisalat will also purchase 1,000 copies of their books for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across Africa with the objective of promoting the reading culture and the publishing industry at large.
The past winners of the Etisalat Prize for Literature include Fiston Mwanza Mujila from The Democratic Republic of Congo (Tram 83; 2015); South African novelist Songeziwe Mahlangu (Penumbra, 2014) and Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo (We Need New Names, 2013).

To underscore the flagship status of the literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature boasts of the following distinguished Patrons: the acclaimed writer Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana); Pulitzer Prize Winner Dele Olojede (Nigeria); editor, critic and 2015 Man Booker Prize Judge, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE (British/Zimbabwe); editor, writer, broadcaster, consultant and co-founder of Allison & Busby, Margaret Busby, OBE (British); writer and lecturer Sarah Ladipo Manyika (PHD) (Nigeria/British) and novelist, poet and playwright Zakes Mda (South Africa).
 

Source News Express

Posted 16/01/2017 09:23:55 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
Buhari lauds NBA chief Onyekachi Ubani on foundation...

Red alert over 17 runaway Ebola patients •Don’t...

Man bags 10 in jail over N252,000 fraud...

Crushing Biafra, our GREATEST MISTAKE —Dokubo

CEOs Club honours Airtel MD Segun Ogunsanya

Orji Uzor Kalu set to storm the market...

Judge orders Trump sit for 7-hour deposition in...

Memories of Sandy Berger and ‘The Poorest Oil-Rich...

Breaking News: 5 Boko Haram members arrested in...

Nigeria aims to overtake India in technology and...

Churches get bomb-catching machine

Open letter to First Lady Aisha Buhari, By...

 

Latest News FG establishes second female prison Presidential Aide calls for calm over attacks on Nigerians in India Herdsmen strike in Cross River; kill native Dickson signs Bayelsa education bills into law; appoints Prof. Isoun head INEC Chairman elected President of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions Civil Defence arrests suspected 11 oil thieves, destroys 29 illegal refineries 13 seized vehicles not Senator’s: Customs Ambode has made me proud — Tinubu Troops attack Boko Haram hideout, foils ambush Modular refineries: NNPC unveils plan to organise Niger Delta youths into consortia Protesting workers allege massive fraud in Information Ministry, demand Lai Mohammed’s sack JAMB adopts e-PIN vending registration to prevent exam fraud

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (235,562 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (213,943 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (177,907 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (162,154 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (151,328 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (133,587 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (116,827 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (115,778 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (103,372 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (100,437 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (98,903 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (93,547 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (27) Business (2,501) Business Verdict (14) Columnists (657) Complaints & Requests (83) Enterprise & Opportunities (143) Entertainment (293) Features (413) Global Business Monitor (144) International (1,318) Interviews (116) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (49) News (22,839) Opinion (669) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,628) Religion (496) Sports (1,246) Stock Watch (15) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

JAMB Sale of 2016/2017 UTME/DE applications

 

CBN Advert

 

Certificate Controversy: Dino Melaye celebrates as Vice Chancellor confirms he graduated...

 

APO Newsbreak logo

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!