Ayobami Adebayo, Sara Collins, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Léonora Miano, and Johary Ravaloson, are on the shortlist for Prix Les Afriques 2020 announced on August 12, 2020.

Prix Les Afriques was created by the association La Cene Littéraire which was founded by Swiss lawyer Ngoãn Beti. 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 Elnathan John (2019), Kei Miller (2018), Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (2017), and Hemley Boum (2016).

The Reading Committee of Prix Les Afriques 2020, presided over by Madame Christelle Ngoulou was made up of Aurore Foukissa, Heloïse Haden, Florence Colinette Haller, Nicole Mikolo, Grâce Minlibe, Flore Agnès Nda Zoa, Marina Ntsonga, Alain Atouba Edjeba, Philippe Bonvin, Cédric Moussavou Koumba and Alain Tito Mabiala.

The shortlist for this year’s award taken from a long list of 28 books is;

  • Reste Avec Moi, Ayobami Adebayo, Charleston.
  • Les confessions de Frannie Langton, Sara Collins, (traduit de l’anglais par Charles Rcoursé ), Belfond.
  • Amour, patrie et soupe de crabe, Johary Ravaloson, Editions Dodo Vole
  • Rouge Impératrice, Léonora Miano, Grasset.
  • Kintu, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, (traduit de l’anglais par Céline Schwaller), Métailié.

The winner, who will be announced on October 15, gets a cash prize of 6,000 Swiss Francs, a work of art worth 2,500 euros offered by Senegalese painter Momar SECK, and 100 books bought from the publisher as well re-edition of the award-winning novel in black Africa.