Here is Etisalat’s rendition of Africa’s writers to watch

If history can be our reference, you will know that story-telling is Africa’s forte.

Our entire culture, political system, spiritual belief and art of sharing knowledge was through story-telling in through literary, visual and performance art form. Which only makes sense to celebrate forms of our identity – writing is one of them.

This year the, 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature  has recognized 9 outstanding recently published African writers on their eloquent skills in the art of verbal jest. African writers stretching from Nigeria to South Africa were meticulously, carefully hand-picked by three judges. Namely Nigerian novelist and poet Helon Habila, South African writivist Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer Edwige Rene Dro.

The shortlisted authors are:

  1. Julie Iromuanya, author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor published by Coffee House Press, USA
  2. Mohale Mashigo, author of The Yearning, published by PanMacmillan, South Africa.
  3. Nakhane Toure, author of Piggy’s Boy Blues, published by Blackbird Books imprint of Jacana Media, South Africa
  4. Jen Thorpe, author of The Peculiars, published by Penguin Random House, USA
  5. Elnathan John, author of Born on a Tuesday, published by Cassava Republic, Nigeria.
  6. Jowhor Ile, author of And After Many Days, published by Farafina an imprint of Kichifo Limited, Nigeria
  7. Andrew Miller, author of Dub Steps, published by Jacana Media, South Africa
  8. Jacqui L’Ange, author of The Seed Thief, published by Umuzi Publishers, South Africa
  9. Unathi Magubeni, author of Nwuzelenga:The Star Child, published by Black Bird Books imprint of Jacana Media, South Africa

The winner of the prize will be announced in March, and will receive £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen, and an Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia to be mentored by renowned Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.