Songeziwe Mahlangu is the winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature
Kwela author Songeziwe Mahlangu is the winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his debut novel Penumbra. He will receive a cash prize of £15 000, a book tour to three African cities, as well as an Etisalat Fellowship to the University of East Anglia. In addition, Etisalat purchased 1000 copies of Penumbra to distribute across the continent.
The Etisalat Prize was created in 2013 in order to celebrate young, first-time African writers and to promote a culture of reading across in Africa. It is the first ever pan-African prize of its kind. The other finalists were Nigerian author Chinelo Okparanta (Happiness, Like Water) and the South African Nadia Davids (An Imperfect Blessing). Kwela author Novuyo Rosa Tshuma was longlisted for the Prize for her debut collection of short stories Shadows. Follow these links for more news about the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature: Bella Naija.com; Net; AmazonHerald; Worldstage; BooksLIVE.