Tiburce Koffi was declared the winner of the Grand Prix National Bernard Dadié de Littérature 2022 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire on May 17, 2022.
Salon international du livre d’Abidjan (International Book Fair of Abidjan) has been organised annually by the Association of Publishers of Ivory Coast for over a decade. In 2014, the fair introduced the award they called the “Grand Prix National” before they opted to name it the Grand Prix National Bernard Dadié de Littérature. Bernard Dadié was an Ivorian novelist, playwright, poet, and administrator who was once Minister of Culture in the government of Côte d’Ivoire; he passed away in 2019.
Open to individuals, it is given to “the major writers who give meaning and energy to national letters” in Côte d’Ivoire since 2014. Inaugurated by the Ivorian Ministry of Culture and Francophonie, it aims to promote books and reading, and to encourage literary creation. Some of the previous winners have been Charles Nokan (2014), Véronique Tadjo (2016), and Josué Guébo (2017).
The winner for the award for 2022 was announced at the opening ceremony of the Salon international du livre d’Abidjan at the Palais de la culture in Abidjan-Treichville on Tuesday, May 17. Tiburce Koffi was awarded for his poetry collection Aubades pour M’mauya, published by Vallesse Éditions. He received a trophy and a sum of one million CFA francs.
Also winning the Bernard Dadié Prize for Young Writers was Nin’wlou, author of La Marche du feu. In addition, the SILA Prize for publishing was awarded to Éditions Mouna for Agba Le manioc by Anzata Ouattara. At the same time, the Mauritian writer Fabienne Jonca won the Prix Jeanne de Cavally for children. She is the author of Un flamboyant Père Noël, published by Vallesse Éditions. The New Children’s Author Award went to Christophe Kouassi.
The Salon international du livre d’Abidjan ended on May 21, 2022.