As of today it has been annouced that NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names is the winner of the inaugural 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature.
With the accolade she receives £15 000, a Samsung Galaxy Note and a Montblanc Meisterstuck. In line with its vision of promoting upcoming writers, Etisalat will sponsor a book tour to three African cities. Bulawayo 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 significanty opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on their second book.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.