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Friday, 24 January 2014

Yewande Omotoso's 'Bom Boy' Amongst Finalists for The Etisalat Prize for Literature

Etisalat has announced the names of 3 finalists for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the 1st Pan-African literary prize created to recognize and reward fiction writers in Africa. And 3 women are contending for the prize.

After a retreat in Morocco where the judges met to discuss at length the 9 shortlisted books, they came down to just 3 of the books. And on the shortlist are ‘Bom Boy’ by Yewande Omotoso, ‘Finding Soutbek’ by Karen Jennings and ‘We Need New Names’ by NoViolet Bulawayo.

Sarah Manyika Ladipo, a member of the judging panel said; “The diversity of these debut novels, both on the level of content and narrative style, makes this a very exciting shortlist. Whether it is Bulawayo’s coming of age story set in the context of contemporary global migration, or Omotoso’s cross-cultural tale with its slowly unfolding secrets and interconnected narratives of love and loneliness, or Jennings’ multilayered exploration of history and allegory, each story is uniquely compelling."

The winner will be announced on Sunday 23 February at a grand award ceremony in Lagos.
She will be presented with a cheque of £15,000, an engraved Montblanc MeisterstĂĽck and will attend The Etisalat Fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of the Last King of Scotland.

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