The six finalists for the Orange Book Award in Africa 2019 were announced on March 7, 2019.
In November 2018, a new literary prize called the Orange Book in Africa Award aimed at French- speaking Africa was launched. This prize would reward a fiction text written in French by an African writer and published by a publishing house based on the African continent. The prize is organised by the African Cultural Agency, led by Aminata Diop Johnson, alongside the Orange Foundation, the French Institute, UNESCO, OIF, AFD and DHL.
On January 22 the judges to oversee the award with Veronique Tadjo as chair were announced. The other judges are Valérie Marin La Meslée, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, Wilfried N’Sondé, Michèle Rakotoson, Kouam Tawa, Elizabeth Tchoungui, and Fawzia Zouari. At that time they also announced that there were 59 titles that had been submitted by 39 publishing houses based in 16 African countries.
The jury announced the finalists of those in the running for the prize on March 7. They are;
- Djaïli Amadou Amal, Munyal, Les Larmes De La Patience, Editions Proximité (Cameroon)
- Khalil Diallo, À L’orée Du Trépas (L’harmattan Sénégal 2018),(Senegal).
- Youssouf Amine Elalamy, Même Pas Mort, Editions le Fennec (Morocco)
- Pierre Kouassi Kangannou, La Rue 171, Eburnie Street (Cote D’Ivoire)
- Salima Louafa, Chairs D’Argile , East Africa (Morocco)
- Yamen Manai, L’amas Ardent, Editions Elyzad (Tunisia)
The six finalist authors will be invited to Paris as part of the Paris Book Fair and will be able to present their book at a press conference scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019.
The winner will be awarded their prize worth 10,000 euros as well as a campaign to promote their work in Yaoundé, Cameroon on May 23.