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NoViolet Bulawayo wins the Etisalat Prize for Literature

by Staff reporter
24 Feb 2014 at 09:17hrs | Views
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.)

Bulawayo was shortlisted alongside Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings.

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

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