The Etisalat Prize for African literature is set to be announced in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday with a performance by very famous artist Youssou N’dour.
The event which we have been following for the last few years with the long list then the short list has been quite cool. Now we come to the main event at the Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigerian. As an observer I suspect that the winner for this event will Noviolet Bulawayo but I am hoping the Naija/Mzanzi/Barbadan
Yewande Omotoso goes away with the award. That would be pretty cool.
What will the winner be going home with? Apart from boasting as being “best writer” for a whole year, they will go home with £15,000 cash prize and attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia mentored by Giles Foden (Author of the Last King of Scotland).
The runners up don’t go empty handed, bless the Etisalat prize folks, as 1,000 of their books will be bought and they will join the winner with a three city book signing tour.
Youssou N’dour will be the main performer when the prize giving is going down. Selecting N’dour to perform is a brilliant thing. Not only is he a musician and President wannabe but is known as an activist per excellence. If he could be convinced to “activist” for literature from our continent that would be a very important voice for the industry.