Mona Eltahawy, Sisonke Msimang, Yemisi Aribisala, Ayobami Adebayo, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, and Sylvia Vollenhoven are shortlistees for the Bellagio Residency in literature.
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. Some of the leading artists that we know have taken part in this program most recently are Lauren Beukes, Victor Ehikhamenor, and Tsitsi Dangarembga.
The Bellagio Program Africa end is coordinated by the Cape Town, South Africa based Africa Centre and they earlier in the month announced the artists who would be in the running to take part in its latest iteration. Those in the running to be the literature artists are;
- Ayobami Adebayo | Literature | Nigeria
- Mona Eltahawy | Literature | Egypt
- Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah | Literature | Ghana
- Noo Saro – Wiwa | Literature | Nigeria
- Sisonke Msimang | Literature | South Africa
- Sylvia Vollenhoven | Literature | South Africa
- Yemisi Aribisala | Literature | Nigeria
The Africa centre also coordinates applications for other residencies in the Bundanon Trust (Australia); Fountainhead (USA); Instituto Sacatar (Brazil); JIWAR Creation & Society (Spain); and the International Studio and Curatorial Program (USA). They announced those in the running for those residencies in the literature arm are;
- Adrian van Wyk | Literature | South Africa
- Efemia Chela | Literature | Ghana & Zambia
- Nick Mulgrew | Literature | South Africa
- Osasuyi Okungbowa | Literature | Nigeria
- Simone Haysom | Literature | South Africa
Good luck to all the shortlistees.
You can read more about the other shortlistees in the other categories that we have not done justice here.