Etisalat prize celebrates richness of local literature

June 6, 2016 9:21 am1 commentViews: 17
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LAGOS, (CAJ News) – ORGANISERS are receiving entries for the 2016 edition of the Pan-African accolade, Etisalat Prize for Literature, which aims to celebrate the diversity of African literature.

A judging panel for the award has been confirmed in Lagos.

The panel comprises Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila, as the Chair  of Judges, South African writer and activist, Elinor Sisulu, and Ivorian writer, Edwige Rene Dro, as members.

The Chair of judges was present at the briefing as well as two of the  Prize Patrons: renowned literary icon, Prof. Kole Omotoso, and  awards-winning author, Dele Olojede.

Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, said the Etisalat Prize, was designed to serve as a leading platform for the  discovery and encouraging of creative writing talents as well as the  celebration of literary arts by African writers.

“We are delighted to champion the cause for celebrating the richness and  strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature is about  discovering and bringing to the world stage the many creative talent  Africa boasts of,” said Willsher.

“The Etisalat Prize is about creativity, excellence, empowerment and  reward; it is about celebrating our African diversity in very innovative  ways through various forms of art, literature being one of them.”

Only books by debutant writers published not later than 24 months before  submission, will qualify for entry.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his novel, Tram 83.

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