We are pleased to announce that our author, Reward Nsirim, has just been longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Port-Harcourt born, Abuja-based author was longlisted for his collection “Fresh Air and Other Stories” (Origami Books: 2013).
As publishers, this nod, coming on the heels of amu nnadi’s Glenna Luschei Prize shortlist, is an acclaim we treasure with immense delight.
The news was contained in a Press Release posted on South African literary portal BooksLiveSA HERE . See text BELOW–
Longlist For Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014 Announced
Lagos, Nigeria; November 4, 2014: Etisalat Nigeria today announced the longlist of the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014. This Prize launched last year is the first pan-African prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers of African citizenship and poised to become one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes for African fiction.
The longlist includes: ‘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, ‘Shadows’ by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.
Renowned Nigerian writer and Chair of Judges for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014, Sarah Ladipo Manyika said, “We the judges are excited about this long list which is reflective of the great diversity presented by the full list of submissions this year. We are happy by our decision and cannot wait to reread the nine books to prepare for the upcoming retreat where we will determine the shortlist”.
Speaking on the Longlist, Matthew Willsher, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria said that the list is unique in several respects and would go a long way in helping to accomplish the purpose of the Etisalat Prize for Literature. “Five of the nine finalists are books authored by women; one of the nine finalists is a Nigerian citizen and two are from Nigeria/American and Nigerian/Ghana decent. The longlist also features writers from South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe”.
The judges will be faced with the next task of selecting a short list of three novels at a retreat in Cape Town in December. The shortlisted writers who will have 1,000 copies of their books purchased by Etisalat and go on a multi-city sponsored tour will be announced on the 8th of December 2014.
The overall winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature will receive £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and will attend an Etisalat sponsored fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of the Last King of Scotland. The winner will be announced at the Etisalat Prize for Literature Award Ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on the 22nd of February 2015.