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1 South African, 2 Nigerians Shortlisted For 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature

Jacqui L’Ange, a South African and two Nigerians, Jowhor Ile and Juliet Iromuanya have been shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the pan-African literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Julie Iromuanya

Julie Iromuanya

According to Helon Habila, chair of judges, the writers were selected from a long list after fulfilling some criteria.

“In addition to the originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a work that portrays an African sensibility,” said Habila.

Jowhor Ile

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Jowhor Ile

The three shortlisted books are:

The Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa);
And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile (Kachifo Limited, Nigeria);
Mr & Mrs. Doctor by Julie Iromuanya (Coffee House Press, USA).

Other judges included South African writer/activist, Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer and Africa39 laureate, Edwige Renée Dro.

Jacqui L’Ange

Jacqui L’Ange

The winner will be unveiled at the grand finale in Lagos, scheduled to take place in March 2017.

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