Three writers have made the shortlist for the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. The three – Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (Nigeria), Sifiso Mzobe (South Africa), and Bridget Pitt (South Africa) will compete for the prize, which is set to be announced on September 8, 2012 at the Civic Center, OzumbaMbadiwe in Nigeria.
Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s Roses and Bullets is not only a chronicle of the Nigeria-Biafra experience; it is also conceived in the womb of one of the life’s greatest mysteries. This mystery is of how the black pot produces white pap. It is of how war is the priest of love. It is the mystery of how Nigeria stands as one, despite being like a house whose pillars are shaky.