Marshall Ahongo was announced the winner of the Prix Litteraire Zamenga 2020 at a ceremony in Kinshasa, DR Congo on November 7, 2020.
Zamenga Batukezanga (1933-2000) was a Congolese writer and philanthropist named the “most popular Congolese writer” of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A prize was set up to celebrate the venerated writer while recognising young Congolese authors as well as Congolese literature by a team based in Kinshasa led by writer Richard Ali A Mutu in 2018.
The latest winner of the prize was feted at a ceremony in Kinshasa on November 7, International African Writers Day. The Initiative was supported by several partners including the Wallonia Brussels delegation. The ceremony at the library of the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, in the presence of the Congolese Minister of Culture and the Arts, Okundji, and the Provincial Commissioner for Culture, Yvette Tabu.
“By organizing this competition our objective is to encourage young people to write, to give young people a framework of expression but also to supervise them in order to teach them literary genres such as the News for example. We want the Congolese literary scene not to lack executives, which is why we are fighting to organize this competition,” said Richard Ali.
The prize rewards ten best short stories with a trophy, for the first prize, and a publication of a collection of the ten winning short stories in the MédiasPaul editions. The winner of the competition goes home with a cash prize of $1,000 while the next four get $100. This year’s winner is Marshall Ahongo for his short story Souillee! who apart from the cash prize, receives the award trophy.
“It’s a great honour, especially a feeling of accomplishment because I took part in three literary competitions and once I was second and won the other two,” Ahongo said on his win.
The full list of writers is recognised on the day were;
- Marshall Ahongo, SOUILLÉE!
- Pagnol-Marcel, EBWIBATE ET LA LAMPE FRACASSÉE
- Yannick Ethan Kaumbo, LA PROPOSITION INDÉCENTE
- Jonathan Elenga, LA CLÉ PERDUE
- Wishiya Dibaya, COUPABLE
- Baby Mapanga Makim, LA MÉMOIRE D’UN ANGE
- Le Marc Bamenga, LE DOUBLE
- Alindawa Kamate, ARMES SILENCIEUSES
- Reine Mulonda Ta-Kasongo, FIOTI
- Danga Jocelyn, LE MOMENT IDÉAL