Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Season of Awards...

Sefi Atta Grabs the Noma
Sefi Atta showed through her debut Everything Good Will Come that she had no plans to leave the literary scene so soon. That book won the first Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. Then came Swallow, a beautiful book that has led to many conversations. Her third book, Lawless and other short Stories, a collection of short stories just won her the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, 2009. The prize is worth US$10,000.

Toni Kan Wins the NDDC Prize
In the same vein, Toni Kan's Night of a Creaking Bed won the NDDC Ken Saro-Wiwa prize. Read more here.

Marie NDiaye also wins
French-born writer Marie NDiaye won France's top literary prize for Three Strong Women her captivating story about the struggles of women in Europe and Africa. NDiaye who has about over ten books under her pouch won France's Femina literary prize in 2001. NDiaye who lives in Berlin was born in 1967 to a French mother and a Senegalese father.

Congratulations People! There is indeed hope for African literature...even if we are crawling,we are moving. And that's not bad.


  1. We aren't crawling...we have only failed in the past to honour them and that is what we are presently doing.

    Thanks for highlighting the achievements of Africa's literary writers.

  2. Congratulations to the writers and wish the best to the upcoming ones too.

  3. Congrats to them! We're definitely moving!