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NoViolet Bulawayo Wins Etisalat Prize for Literature

Etisalat recently crowned NoViolet Bulawayo as winner of its inaugural pan African Prize for Literature.

 

 

(L-R):  Acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Winner, Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo; Runners-Up, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Karen Jennings and Yewande Omotoso at the award ceremony of the inaugural Etisalat Pan African Prize for Literature which held at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island on Sunday, February 23rd

(L-R): Acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Winner, Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo; Runners-Up, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Karen Jennings and Yewande Omotoso at the award ceremony of the inaugural Etisalat Pan African Prize for Literature which held at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island on Sunday, February 23rd

The search for Africa’s most prolific debut fiction writer, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, climaxed last Sunday at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos, with NoViolet Bulawayo carting home the coveted prize of £15,000.

 

At a befitting celebration of first time writers of published fiction books, Bulawayo with her “We Need New Names” was announced winner of the Etisalat Prize out the shortlist which included Yewande Omotosho with “Bom Boy”, and Karen Jenning with “Finding Soutbek”.

 

(L-R): Head, High Value Events and Sponsorships, Etisalat Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi; Senegalese music legend, Youssou N’Dour; and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher at the award ceremony of the inaugural Etisalat Pan African Prize for Literature which held at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island on Sunday, February 23rd

(L-R): Head, High Value Events and Sponsorships, Etisalat Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi; Senegalese music legend, Youssou N’Dour; and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher at the award ceremony of the inaugural Etisalat Pan African Prize for Literature which held at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island on Sunday, February 23rd

The Zimbabwean-born winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, Bulawayo, in addition to the cash prize of £15,000, was presented with an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen, a Samsung Galaxy Note and will attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia as well as being mentored by Giles Foden – Author of the “Last King of Scotland”. She will also have book tours in three African cities and get the chance to start work on her second book.

An elated Bulawayo specially thanked the judges, patrons, and Etisalat Nigeria for the award and for the opportunity the Etisalat Prize for Literature afforded her.

From left: Acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Winner, Etisalat Prize for Literature (Flash Fiction), Uche Okonkwo; and Felicia Okonkwo

From left: Acting Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Winner, Etisalat Prize for Literature (Flash Fiction), Uche Okonkwo; and Felicia Okonkwo

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