Abuja - Etisalat Nigeria has announced a list of nominees for its maiden £15 000 prize for debut fiction writers of African citizenship.
Speaking on the list of nominees, Matthew Willsher, the acting chief executive officer of Etisalat Nigeria, said that the list is unique in several respects and would go a long way in helping to accomplish the purpose of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
“The list of nominees is unique in that six of the nine finalists are books authored by women; five of the nine finalists are Nigerian citizens while the global perspective is covered by the fact that three of the nine publishers are non-African,” he said.
The nominees includes Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso; Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko; Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings; Sarah House by Ifeanyi Ajaegbo; The Great Agony And Pure Laughter Of The Gods by Jamala Safari; The Spider King's Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo; The Spiral House by Claire Robertson; The Whispering Trees by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim; and We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo.
The judges will be faced with the next task of selecting a short list of three novels at a retreat in Morocco in January.
The shortlisted writers who will have 1 000 copies of their books purchased by Etisalat and go on a multi-city sponsored tour will be announced on January 15.
The overall winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature 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 2014.
In addition, the winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature Flash Fiction category, voted for by the public, will be announced at the ceremony.
The winner of the Flash Fiction Prize will receive £1 000 in cash whilst the two runners up will receive £500 each.
- CAJ News