These three authors have been shortlisted for the highly coveted Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 . Freshly uprooted from a long list of 9 amazing African writers, L’Ange, Ile and Iromuanya are equally one step closer towards £15 000, an Etisalat sponsored book tour to three African Countries, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen as well as fellowship at the University of East Anglia, under the mentorship of Last King of Scotlang author.Professor Giles Foden.
By virtue of being shortlisted, Each author will have a sponsored multi-city book tour and Etisalat will purchase 1 000 copies of their books for school, library and book club distribution across the continent. This not only empowers the authors but also promotes the culture of reading, and empowers the publishing industry in Africa.
These authors were judiciously selected from a panel which includes Nigerian novelist Helon Habila (Chair of Judges), Ivorian Africa30 laureate Edwige Renée Dro and South African writer Elinor Sisulu. According to Helon Habila, this years selection came from seeking originality of voice and literary excellence, and a work that potrarys African sensibility. The winner of the literature prize will be announced in March 2017.
About the author’s books:
Jowhor Ile And After Many Days (Kachifo Limited, Nigeria);
Its 1995 in Port Harcout Nigeria and one small family is torn apart over the sudden disappearance of their 17-year-old son Paul Utu. His search only brings revelations to secrets tucked deep in pain – and uncover truths on oil shortages, police brutalities and student protests. This book brilliantly transcends through various time periods that reveal how personal the political is.
Julie Iromuanya Mr & Mrs Doctor (Coffee House Press, USA).
A Nigerian couple in an arranged marriage start their new lives in Nebraska, USA. The couple, Ifi and Job are harbouring a secret – that Job is a doctor, not a college dropout. Ifi retains this secret until Job’s first wife, Cheryl re-introduces herself in his life, disrupting the potentiality of keeping this secret under wraps.
Jacqui L’Ange: The Seed Thief (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa);
This is the story of Maddy Bellani, a botanist who took a journey to Brazil to collect rare seeds from a plant that could possibly cure cancer. Although obtaining these seeds would be a coup for the seed bank in Cape Town, she is driven by heading back to her home, Brazil – also home to her estranged father. Retrieving the seeds appears to be tumulus process, as Maddy enters a world of corrupt pharmaceutical companies and men of selfish motives. The seed thief explores modern botanical ethos that ties into Afro-Brazilian spirituality against Pharmaceutical culture.