NoViolet Bulawayo wins the Etisalat Prize for Literature

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


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    Well done…continue writing, we are tired of social themes which lakes intellectual integrity. What do we benefit from the nonsense of kapfupi and grigo…perpetuatingthe old fashion themes of mukadota. Shame. We need yu Violet…*luta continua. The likes of Mungoshi are corwards, literature should mirror the reality of yur own soceity.

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    Roving Ambassador 9 years ago

    Thank you. Something positive from self made talented Zimbo.

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    Lucky 9 years ago

    Continue making us proud, ntombi yasekhaya!!