Pan African

Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature

Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa is a pan-African writing prize awarded biennially to recognize the best literary work produced by an African. It was established by The Lumina Foundation in 2005 in honour of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, who normally presents the prize, chosen by an international jury of distinguished literary figures. Administered by the Lumina Foundation (whose chief executive is Dr. Ogochukwu Promise), the Wole Soyinka Prize has been described as “the African equivalent of the Nobel Prize”.

The prize is awarded every other year to an African writer, and the winner receives $20,000. Entries must be written in English or French. Books that have won other prizes are ineligible. Although originally, all genres were considered for every award, beginning with 2014 there would be one genre eligible for each edition of the award, with drama being considered for 2014, poetry in 2016 and prose in 2018.

The inaugural award took place on 5 August 2006 at the Muson Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, where the guest speaker was former Ghana President John Agyekum Kufuor. Three winners emerged in the 2010 edition.

Winners

Year Winning Title Author
2014 The Egbon of Lagos (play) Akin Bello
2012 Young Blood Sifiso Mzobe
2010 I Do Not Come to You by Chance Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Coconut Kopano Matlwa
Tenants of the House Wale Okediran
2008 Zahrah the Windseeker Nnedi Okorafor
2006 Everything Good Will Come Sefi Atta

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The Caine Prize for African Writing

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The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language. The £10,000 prize was founded in the United Kingdom in 2000, and was named in memory of Sir Michael Harris Caine, former Chairman of Booker Group plc. Because of the Caine Prize’s connection to the Booker Prize, the award is sometimes called the “African Booker”.

Winners

Year Country Author Work
2000 Sudan Leila Aboulela The Museum
2001 Nigeria Helon Habila Love Poems
2002 Kenya Binyavanga Wainaina Discovering Home
2003 Kenya Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor Weight of Whispers
2004 Zimbabwe Brian Chikwava Seventh Street Alchemy
2005 Nigeria S. A. Afolabi Monday Morning
2006 South Africa Mary Watson Jungfrau
2007 Uganda Monica Arac de Nyeko Jambula Tree
2008 South Africa Henrietta Rose-Innes Poison
2009 Nigeria E. C. Osondu Waiting
2010 Sierra Leone Olufemi Terry Stickfighting Days
2011 Zimbabwe NoViolet Bulawayo Hitting Budapest
2012 Nigeria Babatunde Rotimi Bombay’s Republic
2013 Nigeria Tope Folarin Miracle
2014 Kenya Okwiri Oduor My Father’s Head
2015 Zambia Namwali Serpell The Sack
2016 South Africa Lidudumalingani Mquombothi Memories We Lost

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The Etisalat Prize for Literature

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The Etisalat Prize for Literature was created by Etisalat Nigeria in 2013. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating new writers of African citizenship whose first fiction book (over 30,000 words) was published in the last twenty four (24) months. For the purposes of this definition, first book means first printed production in book form. The prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa. The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the University of East Anglia.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature also aims to support publishers by purchasing 1000 copies of all shortlisted books, to be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent.

Winners

Year Country Winning Title Author
2013 Zimbabwe We Need New Names (play) NoViolet Bulawayo
2014 South Africa Penumbra Songeziwe Mahlangu
2015 Democratic Republic of Congo Tram 83 Fiston Mwanza Mujila

REFERENCE
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