Chika Unigwe, Tola Rotimi Abraham

Chika Unigwe and Tola Rotimi Abraham are on the premier selection for Prix Fragonard 2022 announced on March 24, 2022.

French perfumer Fragonard announced Prix Fragonard, a new prize for women’s foreign literature, “A new female voice from elsewhere” this year. It was aimed at more visibility to foreign women’s literature, by supporting non-French-speaking authors as well as their translators.

For this the first edition, the jury comprises Agnès Costa, founder of the prize and co-director of Fragonard, Jakuta Alikavazovic, writer and translator, Élise Boghossian, founder of the NGO Elise Care, Danielle Cillien Sabatier, bookseller, Mathias Enard, writer, Alain Mabanckou, writer, Anna Mouglalis, actress, Alina Gurdiel, publishing communicator and collection director, and Charlotte Urbain, cultural attaché.

The works to be considered were written in a foreign language, translated into French and published in France between September 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. The first selection has been announced with the following writers of African descent in the running;

  • Fatana Morgana, Chika Unigwe
  • Black Sunday, Tola Rotimi Abraham

Chika Unigwe said on her selection, “Fata Morgana has been longlisted for a prize in France (and it’s in excellent company)! Immensely grateful for the gift of a remarkable translator and a brilliant publisher #excited #grateful #naGod”

The second selection happens in April before the winner is feted at an award ceremony scheduled for mid-May. They will be endowed with 5000 euros for the author and 2000 for the translator. The company also offers an eight-day residency in Arles in the perfumer’s guest house.