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.
|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|
|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 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”.
|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|
|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 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.
|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|
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