Etisalat Nigeria has revealed the longlist for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for African Literature. Nine writers made it to the list: five of the nine finalists are women, one is a Nigerian citizen, and two are of part-Nigerian descent (Nigerian-American and Nigerian-Ghanaian).
Chair of Judges Sarah Ladipo Manyika describes the longlist as a “reflective of diversity presented by the full list of submissions this year” and stated that she cannot wait to reread the nine books in preparation for the upcoming retreat during which the shortlist will be determined. The shortlist of three novels will be announced December 8, 2014 and 1,000 copies of each shortlisted work will be purchased by Etisalat. In addition, the authors will receive a multi-city book tour. The overall winner will be announced at the Etisalat Prize for Literature Award Ceremony in Lagos on February 22, 2015 and will be rewarded with a prize of £15 000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen, as well as a fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland). Last year’s prize was won by NoViolet Bulawayo for her novel We Need New Names, but she gifted her fellowship to Yewande Omotosho, a fellow shortlister. The longlisted books and authors for this edition of the prize are: Fresh Air and Other Stories by Reward Nsirim (Nigeria) Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria and America) Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (Nigeria and Ghana) An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids (South Africa) Whoever Fears the Sea by Justin Fox (South Africa) The Thunder that Roars by Imran Garda (South Africa) Penumbra by Songeziwe Mahlangu (South Africa) Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda) Shadows by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe)