The Etisalat Prize for Literature celebrates new writers of African citizenship whose first fiction book [over 30,000 words] was published in the last twenty four  months.
Authors and their publishers can be based anywhere in the world. The winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature receives £15,000, and a high end device. In line with our vision of promoting upcoming writers, Etisalat will sponsor a book tour to three African cities. The winning writer will also embark on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland) which will include significant opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on their second book. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is unique in that it also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore purchase 1000 copies of all shortlisted books which will be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent.
Ayobami Adebayo, whose debut novel ‘Stay With Me’ has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and Yewande Omotoso, South African based Nigerian writer, who was also found by the Baileys' searchlight earlier this year, and whose acclaimed novel ‘Bom Boy’ won South African Literary Award for First-Time Published in 2012, will be on a moderated platform to discuss Literature across African borders.
The Literary Crossroads series brings together African writers on the continent and from the Diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in Literature.
Moderator: Molara Wood
Date: 19th May, 2017
Time: 4:00pm Prompt
Venue: Goethe Institut City Hall, 30 Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria