After months of suspense and rigorous judging sessions by a jury of literary greats, the race is now down to the final shortlist of 3 in the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Anxiety is at fever pitch among literary enthusiasts across Africa as we await the finale and announcement of the eventual winner today.
Two of the shortlisted writers, Penny Busetto with her book, The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself and Rehana Rossouw, author of What Will People Say? are from South Africa and the only person standing between them and the Prize is Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila, author Tram 83.
The shortlisted writers will kick off this year’s edition of Etisalat Prize for Literature multi-city book tour at the 2016 edition of Time of the Writer in University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa with book reading sessions and book donation to City of Durban Library. This event is then followed by a Book Reading in Lagos and then the Award Ceremony.
The theme of the finale, Representing the Diversity of African Voices will be showcased in form of the richness of Africa and how diversity converges into one unique voice for the continent. Organisers have promised an exciting event with performances ranging from poetry, monologues, to musical performances by Darey and Asa.
Here are the key highlights of #EtisalatPrizeAwards journey so far;
January 2014: Shortlist Announced –
- Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria)
- Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings (South Africa)
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
February 23, 2014
- Winner announced: We Need New Namesby NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
December 2014: Shortlist Announced
- An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids (South Africa)
- Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria)
- Penumbra by Songeziwe Mahlangu (South Africa)
March 15, 2015:
- Winner announced:Penumbra by Songeziwe Mahlangu (South Africa)
December 2015: Shortlist Announced
- The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by Penny Busetto (South Africa)
- Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila (DR Congo)
- What Will People Say? by Rehana Rossouw (South Africa)
March 19, 2016
- Winner to be announced: