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Longlist for the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa Announced

Alert! The Lumina Foundation has released the longlist for the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Awarded every second year, the $20 000 prize was last scooped by Kopano Matlwa and Wale Okedira who shared the prize for their novels Coconut and Tenants of the House respectively.

The Beauty I Have SeenBitter ChocolateOn Black Sisters' StreetThe African AmericanRoses and Bullets

This year’s longlist mixes 1 part Nigerian writing with 1 part South African writing to create, in the humble opinion of your editor, a rather bland drink. Is this a true representation of “literature in Africa”? We were, however, delighted to see Books LIVE members Arja Salafranca (The Thin Line), Kgebetli Moele (The Book of the Dead) and Sue Rabie (Fallout) on the list for their deserving books.

Young BloodThe Colour of PowerThe Lazarus EffectFalloutThe Thin LineThe Book of the DeadThe Unseen Leopard

Here’s the complete longlist:

The Beauty I Have Seen — Tanure Ojaide
Bitter Chocolate — Toyin Adewale Gabriel
That Other Country — Hyginus Eku]wuazi
The Book of the Dead — Kgebetli Moele
The Unseen Leopard — Bridget Pitt
On Black Sister’s Street — Chika Unigwe
The African American — Dike-Ogu Chukwumerije
Roses and Bullets — Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo
Young Blood — Sifiso Mzobe
The Colour of Power — Marie Heese
Pride of the Spider Clan — Odili Ujubuonu
The Lazarus Effect — HJ Golakai
Fallout — Sue Rabie
The Thin Line — Arja Salafranca
Only a Canvas — Olushola Olugbesan

The shortlist will be announced in August this year. Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to Salafranca, Moele and Rabie! Read the Lumina Foundation’s Press Release:

PRESS RELEASE!!! THE LUMINA FOUNDATION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GLOBACOM HEREBY ANNOUNCE THE LONG LIST OF THE 2012 EDITION OF THE WOLE SOYINKA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE IN AFRICA (KNOWN AS OUR AFRICAN NOBEL)

• The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa was established in 2005 by The Lumina Foundation, as a Biennial Award to the best literary work produced by an African.

• It assesses works by African authors selected within the two years preceding the award year.

• It is intended to serve as an African equivalent of the Nobel Prize, particularly in recognizing and encouraging professional and personal excellence.

• At the moment, the Prize money of WS Prize is $20,000USD We are looking to increasing it in the near future.

• The omnibus nature of the Prize (Due to the fact that Prof WS writes in all the genres) has also been addressed. Each year, starting from 2014, the Prize will rotate through the following genres, in this order: Published Prose (Full length novels or collection of short stories by a single author), Drama, Poetry and finally collection of Essays (which may bother on political and human rights issues. Also memoirs may be accepted in this category)

• The first edition of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa assessed eighty-seven (87) entries from eight African countries and was held on August 5, 2006 (at the Muson Centre, Lagos).

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    July 12th, 2012 @02:01 #
     
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    Um, so Africa is TWO countries, then. Still, congrats to the longlistees, and a special hurray for Kgebetli, Marie, Arja and Sifiso, all of whom I know to be jolly good fellows.

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