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Fiston Mwanza Mujila wins 2015 Etisalat Prize for Tram 83


Alert! Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature for Tram 83.

The Etisalat Prize is a pan-African award for debut authors of published novels. 100 entries were received for this year’s prize; nine were longlisted, and three shortlisted

Mujila receives £15,000 (about R325,000), an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and a high-end phone or tablet device.

Mujila will also attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia under the mentorship of Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland).

The other novels shortlisted this year were The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by South African author Penny Busetto and What Will People Say by another South African, Rehana Rossouw.

The Etisalat Prize aims to promote the publishing industry and buys 1,000 copies of all three shortlisted books to donate to schools, book clubs and libraries across Africa.

The inaugural winner of the prize was NoViolet Bulawayo, for her novel We Need New Names, while Songeziwe Mahlangu won the 2014 edition of the award for Penumbra.

This year’s Flash Fiction Award was won by Modupe Ojiolape Kuti for her story “Gone”.

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