Nigeria’s Jowhor Ile wins 2016 Etisalat Literature Prize

Nigeria’s John Jowhor Ile, is the winner of the 2016 Etisalat Literature Prize, announcement made in Lagos this weekend.

Jowhor Ile – 2016 Etisalat Literature Prize winner (Photo Credit: NAN)

His book And after Many Days was picked ahead of South African Jacqui L’Ange’s The Seed Thief and and another Nigerian, Juliet Iromuanya’s Mr and Mrs Doctor.

The winner was picked based on its ‘African sensibility’ according to chair of the panel of judges, Helon Habila.

Other judges were South African writer/activist, Elinor Sisulu; and Ivorian writer and Africa39 laureate, Edwige Renée Dro.

Ile will receive £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and an Etisalat sponsored book tour to three African countries.

He will also have an Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.

Runners-up will get multi-city tours and Etisalat will buy 1,000 books each for distribution from them.