Meet the 2016 Etisalat Shortlist + Giveaway

Etisalat Prize - Book Giveaway - African book -Homeland Reviews - And After Many Days - Johwor Ile

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria.It is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first-time African writers of published fiction books. The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 as well as a fellowship at the University of East Anglia. The Etisalat Prize for Literature also aims to support publishers by purchasing 1000 copies of all shortlisted books. To be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent. {Wikipedia}

Earlier this month, Etisalat announced the 2016 Shortlist:

According to this year’s Chair of Judges, Helon Habila “In addition to originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a work that portrays an “African sensibility”.

The three shortlisted books are:

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

The authors were shortlisted by a three-member judging panel comprising Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila (Chair of Judges); South African writer/activist, Elinor Sisulu; and Ivorian writer and Africa39 laureate, Edwige Renée Dro.

The winner for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature will be unveiled at the Grand Finale in Lagos. Scheduled to take place in March 2017.

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Etisalat 2016 Prize For Literature Shortlist

  • The Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange

2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist - Homeland Reviews

Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is asked to travel to Brazil to collect rare seeds from a plant that could cure cancer, she reluctantly agrees. Securing the seeds would be a coup for the seed bank in Cape Town where she works. But Brazil is the country of her birth and home to her estranged father.

Her mission is challenging, despite the help of alluring local plantexpert Zé. The plant specimen is elusive, its seeds guarded by a sect wary of outsiders. Maddy must also find her way in a world influenced by unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies and the selfish motives ofothers.

  • Mr and Mrs Doctor by Julie Iromuanya

2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist - Mr and Mrs Doctor - Homeland Reviews

Ifi and Job, a Nigerian couple in an arranged marriage, begin their lives together in Nebraska with a single, outrageous lie: that Job is a doctor, not a college dropout. Unwittingly, Ifi becomes his co-conspirator.That is until his first wife, Cheryl, whom he married for a green card years ago, reenters the picture and upsets Job’s tenuous balancing act.

  • And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile

2016 Etisalat Prize For Literature - And After Many Days - Johwor Ile - Homeland Reviews - Book Giveaway

During the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family. Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumours of police brutality, oil shortages, and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit.

In a tale that moves seamlessly back and forth through time, Ajie relives a trip to the family’s ancestral village where, together, he and his family listen to the myths of how their people settled there, while the villagers argue over the mysterious Company, who found oil on their land and will do anything to guarantee support. As the story builds towards its stunning conclusion, it becomes clear that only once past and present come to a crossroads will Ajie and his family finally find the answers they have been searching for.

And After Many Days introduces Ile’s spellbinding ability to tightly weave together personal and political loss until, inevitably, the two threads become nearly indistinguishable. It is a masterful story of childhood, of the delicate, complex balance between the powerful and the powerless, and a searing portrait of a community as the old order gives way to the new.

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I think moving sites is enough reason to host my first giveaway, right? Not like any serious follower of this blog would say NO to free books. 😉 

I have heard so many good things about “And After They Left”by Johwor Ile. I have a good feeling about its chances to win the Etisalat prize too. Therefore, I have decided to give 2 lucky followers of this blog a chance to read this book with me in February. (Nigeria only)

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Note: This giveaway will end on the 31st of January. Good Luck!!

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  1. I had been confused all this while about what was happening to your site. Well done.

  2. Im beginning to like the new age Nigerian writers, currently reading Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle. People not on twitter nko?

    1. Awww. You can still sign up for the newsletter and look out for upcoming giveaways this year…. 🙂

    2. I just finished it and is it a great read or what? No spoilers but it’s a really good book