14 Nov 2014

The Etisalat Prize Finally Has It's Long List



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.

An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids

Whoever Fears the Sea by Justin Fox

The Thunder that Roars by Imran Garda

Penumbra by Songeziwe Mahlangu

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi



Fresh Air and other stories by Reward Nsirim

Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi


These ten long listed authors are in line to win £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterst├╝ck and an 
Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia under the mentored of Professor Giles Foden, author of the Last King of Scotland. What wouldn't I do for a sponsored fellowship right now?

The long list is just the first in a round of choosing. The long listed authors will be pared down to five final authors before the winner is announced on the 23rd of February 2015. 

I'm rooting for Chinelo. Like a lot of people, I find Taiye Selasi mercurial, hopefully people look past the person and judge Ghana Must Go for the amazing first piece of work that is. I know I'm trying.

Bring it home Nigeria, we need someone to join Chimamanda in the upper echelons. 

Edwin. 

Additional information from: www.bookslive.co.za 


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