All literary roads in Lagos, Nigeria head to the Intercontinental Hotel on Victoria Island as the winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 is announced tomorrow. The event will see either Penny Busetto, Fiston Mwanza Mujila or Rehana Rossouw go home much richer than they were at the beginning of the ceremony.
There were some people who were lucky enough to attend a book reading event where they were able to meet the writers in a more intimate surrounding last night. The three shortlisted writers are some of the few writers who can actually be engaging as they read their work. Rehana Roussow elicited some chuckles from the audience while Fiston Mujila showed his stage background by standing and performing as he read in French in an engaging performance. One her part, Penny Busetto had a beautiful calm voice and showed immense artistic generosity when she also read the English translation of Tram 83. The evening was moderated by Eghosa Imasuen.
The crowd following events on stage included Etisalat Prize board members Kole Omotoso and Margaret Busby and this years judges Professor Ato Quayson, Molara Wood and Zukiswa Wanner. Also in there were literati like Odia Ifemuen, Lola Shoneyin, Chimeka Garricks, Kenechi Uzor and many more. With the readings done and dusted, the proceedings went on with interviews and cocktails at Four Points. It was a brilliant evening had by all.
With that book event done and dusted now our eyes focus on the big ceremony on Saturday evening. For those who want to attend the ceremony tomorrow for free, we have two free tickers on offer. All you the person needs to do is answer the following question;
Question: What is the original name of winner of the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature? (Hint: it’s three names)
Answer: Friday Answer: YOUR ANSWER @jamesmurua @etisalatreads #IWantThoseEtisalatTickets.
Here are some images from the happenings last night from our mole on the ground.