On Sunday the 15th of March, 2015, the winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature was announced at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.
Three authors were shortlisted, but South African Songeziwe Mahlangu emerged the winner for the novel ‘Penumbra‘, beating Nigerian Chinelo Okparanta author of the novel ‘Happiness Like Water‘ and South African author Nadia Davids, author of the novel ‘An Imperfect Blessing‘.
The Judges for this years Etisalat prize were Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Tsitsi Dagaremba and Jamal.
Performances were by Angelique Kidjo and Evelle.
The winner was awarded a cash prize of £15,000 and a high-end device, in addition to a book tour to three African cities. The winner will also embark on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, which will afford him significant opportunities to network with other writers and publishers and time and resources to work on his second book. The two runners up also won a book tour and Etisalat will purchase 1,ooo copies of all three books for distribution across the continent.