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Zimbabwean Writer NoViolet Bulawayo Wins The Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature


Congratulations are in order for Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo who won the Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for her novel, 'We Need New Names'. The event was held on Sunday 23rd February emerging as winner against, 'Bom Boy' by Yewande Omotoso and 'Finding Soutbek' by Karen Jennings.

The writer walked away with £15,000 followed by a Samsung Galaxy Note as well as a Montblanc Meisterstuck. In addition to that, Bulawayo will also take part in an Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland) with opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on their second book.
Shortlisted writers will win a Samsung Galaxy Note and also go on a book tour to two major African cities.

About the prize

The Prize has been described as ‘the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The Prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is unique in that it also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore purchase 1000 copies of all shortlisted books which will be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent.

Here are 20 shortlisted writers and their stories. I'm sure you will find some interesting literature on this list:

You can read the 20 stories in the shortlist here.

And I Had Blood In My Hands - Chiamaka Igili

Biola! – Olugbenga Ogunbowale

Dressed Like A Prince – N. Bassey

Fear – Bonaventure Chukwu O

Invisible Scars – Osasuyi Okungbowa Emmanuel Davies

Life Is Just Funny – Eric Arthur

Lost Memoirs – Adesina Oluwatobiloba

Mirage – Chizoba Deborah Onyike

Mother’s Energy; Father’s Allergy – Obele Kenechi Chioma

Neverland – Uche Okonkwo

Silent Screams – Jeremiah Oluwabamise Nzere

Tainted Hope - Chukwumerije Chukwuka Godson

The Accidental Surprise – Sharon-Ann Onohitare Alofokhai

The Antidote – Gabriel Faniyan

The Dead Nurse Who Came For Her Baby – Kenechukwu Ezenwa-Ohaeto

The Seamstress – Tee Jay Dan

The Waiting – Lawal Fu’ad Olalekan

There’s A Hero In Diaspora – Timothy Chukwunwogor

Unforeseen – Nnaemeka Ugochukwu

When Death Is Not Enough - Collins Opurozor

Source: Etisalat Prize


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Stella is the founder of WaAfrikaOnline.  A Pan-African at heart, passionate about Africa, human rights, women empowerment and girl child education. She's also into broadcasting. 

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