The shortlist for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature has been revealed and 2 Nigerian authors made the shortlist.
The 2 Nigerian books shortlisted are Julie Iromuanya's Mr. and Mrs. Doctor and Jowhor Ile's And After Many Days.
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.
Chair of Judges, Helon Habila revealed that “In addition to originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a work that portrays an “African sensibility”.
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”.
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.
The shortlisted writers will go on a multi-city sponsored tour and will also have 1,000 copies of their books purchased by Etisalat for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across the Continent.
The winner of the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature will be awarded a cash prize of £15,000 (7.5 Million Naira) and will be mentored by Professor Giles Foden, award-winning author of The Last King of England at the University of East Anglia.
Previous winners include No Violet Bulawayo, Songeziwe Mahlangu and Fiston Mwanza Mujila.
See full shortlist:
Julie Iromuanya (Nigerian) — Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press, USA),
Jacqui L’Ange (South Africa) — The Seed Thief (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa)
Jowhor Ile (Nigeria) — And After Many Days (Farafina an imprint of Kachifo Limited, Nigeria)