African literature wealth celebrated
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – ETISALAT Nigeria, the sponsor of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, has lauded the wealth and diversity of African literature as the prize winner of the accolade was announced.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila, the Democratic Republic of Congo-born poet and novelist has emerged the winner of the annual award.
“We are delighted again to celebrate the richness and strength of African literature,” Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria Matthew Willsher, said.
He explained this year’s theme, “Representing the Diversity of African Voices.”
“Diversity is somehow wonderful in its own right, but its importance is not for its intangible beauty, it is that diversity is a huge source of innovation. Africa’s diversity is increasingly recognised as it brings new approaches to world literature while innovation is very important in the literary world,” said Willsher.
He won for his first novel, Tram 83.
Originally written in French, Tram 83 was translated into English by Roland Glasser and published by Deep Vellum.
The 35-year-old Mujila is the first Francophone writer to win the prestigious Etisalat Prize, the first ever pan-African prize that celebrates debut fiction books by African authors.
He has been presented with a £15 000 cheque, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and an Iphone 6S.
He will also have the opportunity to attend the Etisalat Fellowship, worth £13 000, at the prestigious University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden.
Sponsored by the mobile network operators, the Etisalat Prize also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore purchase 1000 copies of shortlisted books for donation to schools, book clubs and libraries across Africa.
– CAJ News
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