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.
Praised in South Africa as one of the most stunning début novels in decades, Sifiso Mzobe’s “Young Blood” is a page-turner that subtly mixes a crime fiction plot, hard-headed characters and latent social comment. Published by Kwela Books in 2010, the book won the prestigious Sunday Times Literary Award for best fiction – a rare honour for a first-time novelist in his early thirties. Booze, sex, drugs, stolen cars and easy money: “Young Blood” is a gangster story set in Umlazi, Durban’s biggest township.
Sifiso Mzobe and Ronnie Kasrils were recently crowned winners of the 2011 Sunday Times Literary Awards at a gala event in Johannesburg, South Africa. The awards, South Africa’s most prestigious literary awards, recognize the country’s best writers in the fiction and non-fiction categories.