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2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature announces longlist

06 November 2014, 13:35

Lagos - The long list of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature has been announced, reports City Voice

The list consists of nine works from writers across African countries that include South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The works and their authors include ‘An Imperfect Blessing’ by Nadia Davids, ‘Whoever Fears the Sea’ by Justin Fox, ‘The Thunder that Roars’ by Imran Garda, ‘Penumbra’ by Songeziwe Mahlangu and ‘Kintu’ by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.

The others are ‘Fresh Air and other stories’ by Reward Nsirim, ‘Happiness Like Water’ by Chinelo Okparanta, ‘Ghana Must Go’ by Taiye Selasi, and ‘Shadows’ by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.

Chair of judges for the prize, Sarah Ladipo Manyika  said that the judges cannot wait to reread the nine books to prepare for the upcoming retreat where the shortlist will be determined.

 Five of the nine finalists are books authored by women; one of the nine finalists is a Nigerian citizen and two are from Nigeria/American and Nigerian/Ghana decent.

The overall winner of the prize will receive £15 000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and will attend an Etisalat sponsored fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of the ‘Last King of Scotland’.

The winner will be announced at the Etisalat Prize for Literature Award Ceremony in Lagos on February 22, 2015.

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