Nigerian Ille wins Africa’s biggest literature accolade

June 1, 2017 2:27 pm2 commentsViews: 15
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LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN writer, Jowhor Ile (37), has won the annual Etisalat Prize for Literature, hailed as the most prestigious pan-Africa literary prize for debut novelists of African origin.
He won for his novel, “And After Many Days.”
Ile received £1 000 prize money, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen,and an Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia where he will be mentored by Prof. Giles Foden, author of the famous, “The Last King of Scotland.”
Another Nigerian, Julie Iromuanya, author of “ Mr & Mrs Doctor”, and a South African, Jacqui L’Ange, author of “The Seed Thief”, emerged as the runners-up.
Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, said Etisalat supported innovation, creativity and talent development.
“This is why we have stayed focused on providing platforms that enable people, not only communicate and stay in touch with one another, but also to express their individual creative abilities,” he said.
Ile’s 256-page novel is set in Port Harcourt in the oil-rich Niger-Delta region of Nigeria. It tells the story of a family whose teenage son and sibling go missing during the rainy season of 1995. Burdened with the sudden loss, the family is torn apart, as their search for answers uncovers several family secrets.
Past winners of the literature prize are from Democratic Republic of Congo, South African and Zimbabwe.
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