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Noviolet Bulawayo wins the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

It is no doubt that Africa has been experiencing something of a cultural renaissance and that literature has been at the forefront. Sunday the 23rd of February saw Noviolet Bulawayo, the Zimbabwean author of We Need New Namesemerge the winner of the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature.

It was an exclusive invite-only event welcoming guests to Champaign and canapés at the Federal Palace Hotel. Contrary to the tradition of African time, the event did kick off as slated. Ama Atta Aidoo gave the opening remarks. She stressed the importance of the internet as a revolutionizing force, especially in relation to flash fiction. Uche Okonkwo was then awarded the one thousand pound cash prize in the flash fiction category for her story  “Neverland.”

Then followed the slide show presentation paying homage to Africa’s literary stars and heroes from the first generation to those responsible for Africa’s contemporary literary revival. Accompanying the presentation was music by The Lagos Philharmonic, led by composer Re Olunuga.

The piece de resistance was, of course, the arrival of Youssou N’dor and his full band, thrilling the audience to known hits like “Birima” and “7 Seconds,” a duet performed alongside the Nigerian singer, Ruby.

The prize is the beginning of something really good for African literature and we hope there will be many more good things to come.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, captured the vision of the prize when he said: “As a rite of passage, published and unpublished literary works of art have been passed down from generation to generation in Africa. Etisalat Nigeria is indeed pleased to celebrate all authors in the African literary spectrum from the greats such as Wole Soyinka, Miriama Ba to Ben Okri, Alain Mabanckou and Chimamanda Adichie. As such, Etisalat Nigeria is proud to use its maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature pan-African award to recognize and celebrate the amazing work done by these unique individuals.”

—- By Wana Udobang (for Brittle Paper)

Thanks to Jennifer Ukoh for the lovely photos.

Yetunde Omotoso, Karen Jennings, NoViolet Bulawayo

The Shortlistees—Yewande Omotoso, Karen Jennings, NoViolet Bulawayo

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Matthew Willsher, Uche Okonkwo—Winner of the flash fiction prize!

Kolawole Omotoso (Patron)

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(L-R) Ebi Atawodi (Head, High Value Events and Sponsorships, Etisalat Nigeria), Youssou N’Dour, Matthew Willsher (Acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria)

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L-R Billy Kahora, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Pumla Gqola (Judges)

Funmi Victor Okigbo

Funmi Victor Okigbo

Ugoma Adegoke, Deborah Willsher, Ebi Atawodi

(L-R) Ugoma Adegoke, Deborah Willsher, Ebi Atawodi

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Ella Allfrey (Patron)

Ella Allfrey (Patron)

Sally Mbanefo

Sally Mbanefo

Wana Udobang

Wana Udobang

Rufai & Funmi Ladipo

Rufai & Funmi Ladipo

Tolu Ogunlesi & Kemi Agboola

Tolu Ogunlesi & Kemi Agboola

Amin Moussalli

Amin Moussalli

Ade Bantu

Ade Bantu

Ugoma Adegoke (r)

Bunmi Oke (r)

Bunmi Oke (r)

Ikem Emelieze & Tokini Peterside

Ikem Emelieze & Tokini Peterside

Megha Joshi, Enitan Denloye

Megha Joshi, Enitan Denloye

Femi Atilade

Femi Atilade

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Ruby & Youssou N’Dour

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Yetunde Babaeko

Yetunde Babaeko

 

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

4 Responses to “Glitzy Literatti! Official Photos From Etisalat Literary Awards Ceremony” Subscribe

  1. A. February 27, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    Uche’s story was Neverland. Not Lady of The Night.

  2. Ainehi Edoro February 27, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    Thanks! corrected.

  3. Gothataone February 27, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    One of the photos is captioned that one of the shortlistees is Yetunde Omotoso, I think its Yewande Omotoso.

  4. Ainehi Edoro February 27, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Thanks. Correction made.

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