Bernardine Evaristo, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin, Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe, and Sindiwe Magona make up the shortlist for Le Prix Les Afriques 2021 announced today, Monday, October 11, 2021.
Prix Les Afriques was created by the Swiss lawyer Ngoãn Beti founded association La Cene Littéraire in 2015. It is awarded annually to an African or writer of African descent who has written fiction highlighting a human, societal, ideological, political, cultural, economic or historical issue related to Africa or its diaspora. Prix Les Afriques aims at giving greater exposure to African authors and authors of African descent. It has been won previously by Ayobami Adebayo (2020), Elnathan John (2019), Kei Miller (2018), Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (2017) and Hemley Boum (2016).
The Reading Committee for Prix Les Afriques 2021, presided over by Heloise Haden (Togo/France), is made up of Philippe Bonvin (Switzerland), Jessica Ratanga (Gabon/Luxemburg), Cedric Moussavou (Gabon/France), Elisabeth Mpina (Cameroon/France), Blaise Samaki (Cameroon), Alain Atouba Foti (Cameroon/France), and Natacha Pemba (Congo/Canada).
The shortlist for this year’s award features the following titles;
- Fille, Femme, Autre by Bernardine Evaristo (translated from English by Francoise Adelstain), Editions Globe
- Le Danse du Vilain by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Editions Métailié
- Le Jango by Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (translated from Arabic by Xavier Lufin), Editions Zulma
- Les Lumiéres d’Oujda by Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe, Editions Calmann-Levy.
- Mére a Mére by Sindiwe Magona (translated from English by Sarah Davies Cordova), Editions Mémoire d’encrier.
The winner gets a cash prize of 6,000 Swiss Francs, a work of art worth 3,500 Swiss Francs offered by Senegalese painter Momar Seck, and 100 books bought from the publisher.