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NoViolet Bulawayo Wins the Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature

We Need New NamesAlert! 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; the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, at R75 000, is worth about £4 150 and is only open to South African citizens and residents.)

Bulawayo was shortlisted alongside Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings.

The winner of the Etisalat flash fiction competition was Uche Okonkwo:

The news broke on Twitter on Sunday evening:

Congratulations to Bulawayo and Okonkwo!

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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    February 24th, 2014 @08:48 #

    Congratulations to No Violet!

    What a nail-biting month it has been.

    But the brilliant thing about the Etisalat prize is that all 3 of the short-listed writers (and publishers) are winners! The book purchase aspect of the prize means all the writers will get a decent royalty payment and they got to have a fabulous weekend in Lagos, and hear Youssou N'dour live. Their books have received this particular accolade which goes a long way in establishing a writer and getting them invited to all the important literary festivals and events and residencies. So congratulations to all three. And especially to NoViolet Bulawayo.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">John Eppel</a>
    John Eppel
    February 24th, 2014 @19:16 #

    She's our girl.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 25th, 2014 @17:45 #

    It really is a win-win prize, and my congratulations to lovely NoViolet on her well-deserved win are sincere. But I confess to shedding tears on hearing that our Rain Queens Karen and Yewande didn't bring it home. It must have been such a close content -- well done to the judges on a difficult task!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    February 26th, 2014 @12:37 #

    Congratulations NoViolet - really exciting . A while ago I was fortunate enough to email interview' NoViolet for the 'Proust Questionnaire' series:


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