NoViolet Bulawayo has won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for her debut novel, We Need New Names. Bulawayo’s success caps a hugely successful debut by the talented Zimbabwean writer, who is also a past winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Bulawayo’s book was also shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
The Etisalat prize, announced on February 23 in Lagos Nigeria, comes with £15,000 in prize money, a Samsung Galaxy Note smart phone and a Montblanc Meisterstuck. As a winner, NoViolet Bulawayo will take part in a sponsored book tour to three African cities and receive a special Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden.
Launched in 2013, the Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first Pan-African literary prize created to recognize and reward debut fiction writers in Africa.