via Bulawayo24 NEWS | NoViolet Bulawayo wins the Etisalat Prize for Literature by Staff reporter 24 February 2014
Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo has won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for debut fiction, for her novel We Need New Names, it was announced in Lagos, Nigeria a short while ago.
Having missed out on both the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award – it was shortlisted for both – Bulawayo’s novel bagged what amounts to Africa’s richest open literary award.
She receives £15 000; by comparison, the Caine Prize – which Bulawayo won in 2011 – is worth £10 000. (The on-again, off-again NLNG Prize is worth considerably more at $100 000, but is only open to Nigerians.)
Bulawayo was shortlisted alongside Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings.
The winner of the Etisalat flash fiction competition was Uche Okonwo