The Etisalat Prize for Fiction, an award open to all first novel authors of African descent, in it's second year has just announced it's long list for chosen authors. Africa has so few fully actualized novels come out each year that any recognition, financial and otherwise that these authors get is welcomed. Last year, the Etisalat Prize for fiction was won by No-Violet Bulawayo for her almost afro-punk inspired, gritty novel called We Need New Names. We have fingers crossed to see who will get shortlisted this year.
This year's long list has a Nigerian author published in Nigeria Reward Nsirim and two authors of Nigerian descent Chinelo Okparanta and Taiye Selasi. Also, not surprisingly, Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go is shortlisted, (which means I need to actually read it, I've been procastinating for the longest time).
These are the longlisted authors in no particular order.