- 2014 Burt Award for African Literature Nominee/Short-listed
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
2014 Etisalat Prize Shortlist Announced
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 10 December 2014
Etisalat Nigeria yesterday announced a short-list of three writers. The short-listed writers and their works are:
Ndia Davids, An Imperfect Blessing published by Random House Struik-Umuzi
Chinelo Okparanta, Happiness Like Water published by Granta Publication
Songeziwe Mahlangu, Penumbra published by Kwela Books, Imprint of NB Publishers.
The judges said they were delighted at the quality of entries that has brought to fore a strong short-list of three contenders for the cash prize of £15,000 and other rewards. According to the Chair, Panel of Judges, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, “From a strong long list we are now delighted to announce this year’s short-list which showcases hitherto untold stories from across the continent and beyond.”
The strength of the short-list is exemplified in the belief that any of the short-listed writers would make a worthy winner. “Whether it is David’s multi-generational family story set in Cape Town’s Muslim community at the dawn of the new South Africa, or Okparanta’s bitter-sweet tales of loss and love in Nigeria and abroad, or Mahlangu’s unflinching exploration of mental illness set in contemporary South Africa, each of these books is uniquely compelling. This is a short-list that delights in the newness of the topics being explored and in the diversity of narrative form. From short stories, to the short novel, to the epic novel – each is a gem in its own right,” Manyika concluded.
Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher expressed delight at the quality of writers the competition has attracted to the Etisalat Prize for Literature competition. “The entries are a fulfillment of Etisalat’s goal of encouraging talents and improving literacy in the African continent. We commend the judges for the work they have done so far on this year’s competition and we are delighted with the strong short-list which will ensure that a worthy winner will emerge. We will continue to encourage and recognize upcoming talents,” said Willsher.
A member of the Panel of Judges, Tsitsi Dangarembga sums it up this way: “This short-list is a joyous celebration of a new range in voices of debut African writers. It says much of what contemporary Africa is offering the world.
The long-list announced last month was as below:
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
A hearty congratulations to the three authors!