Etisalat Nigeria launches first Pan-African Prize for Literature Project | Photos

Etisalat Prize for Literature  - June 2013 - BellaNaija036From keeping you talking on your mobile phones, telecommunications provider Etisalat Nigeria is now talking books with the recent launch of the Etisalat Prize for Literature which held on Wednesday 5th June 2013. This prize has been created to recognize and celebrate writers and other members of the literary society across Africa.

The initiative is the first ever Pan-African project to applaud first time writers of published fiction novels. The prize will bring together high profile writers, book critics and academics from across the continent and beyond to identify new writers of African descent.

At the launch event held at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria Steven Evans said the company’s creation of the Prize for Literature is borne out of its belief in the transformational power of literature. “We believe that running a successful business is about delivering quality, innovation and unrivalled customer service to our customers. We also believe that running a successful business is about delivering programs, which support cultural development in Music, Sports and the Arts. We believe that Etisalat can make a difference for millions of people”. He added “The Prize mirrors Etisalat’s reputation of being an innovative company that empowers people and rewards excellence in literary writing.

The Prize will be awarded in two categories, namely: the best full-length debut novel of a minimum of 30,000 words published in English in the last 24 months; and the best flash fiction work of less than 300 words (also in English). Preceding the launch, Etisalat hosted a group of international writers, publishers, academics and journalists who form part of the Board of Patrons and the 2013 judging panel to a pre-event dinner at The Lagos Yatch Club. View photos of the launch.

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(L-R): Head, High Value Events & Sponsorship, Etisalat Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi; Patron, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Dele Olojede; Chair of Judges, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Pumla Gqola and Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans

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(L-R): Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans; Chair of Judges, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Pumla Gqola and Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Wael Ammar

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Publisher, Cassava Republic Press, Bibi Bakare with Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans (middle) and Head, High Value Events & Sponsorship Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi

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(L – R): Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Wael Ammar; Head, High Value Events & Sponsorship Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Ebi Atawodi; South African Author and Chair of Judges, Prize for Literature, Pumla Gqola and Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans

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Pulitzer Prize Winner and Patron of Etisalat Prize for Literature, Dele Olojede (left) with Nigerian Writer, Hadiza el-Rufai (middle) and Etisalat Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Steven Evans, at a cocktail reception for writers, judges, patrons and guests

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13 Comments on Etisalat Nigeria launches first Pan-African Prize for Literature Project | Photos
  • loveth .O June 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Etisalat, Now u’re talking lol

  • Partyrider June 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    A telecommunication company that is not just endorsing celebs,but putting their money where their mouth is and doing something positive for the society.

  • zizi June 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    my girls looking stunning, @Ebi, Temitope, Efe and Chi

  • Temizzy June 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    No celebs there too, goes to show most of them don’t read. Oohh well thank you Etisalat

    • Nathaniel’s Daughter June 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      My dear, You just spoke my mind. I’m sorry for my generation.

  • Foluke June 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Impressive! Thumbs up Etisalat!

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  • Neff June 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I believe the ‘celebs’ would have to have been invited, innit?

  • Chyke June 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I realy love Etisalat. Trusted n reliable network. I’hv never been disappointed ever since I joined Etisalat users’ league last year september. Just browsing all d wayyyyy!

  • adeniyi opemipo June 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I think what we really need is not all this Jamboree but good network!

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    • Ms. Jayee June 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      What is your definition of ‘jamboree’ Adeniyi? You call literature jamboree? Shame! after being exposed to the junks of poorly trained and half baked ‘journalists’ and ‘bloggers’ you cannot appreciate the value of well stringed words and stories! Good network, yes – that should be and is their primary business objective but have you heard of the word ‘sustainability’ before? Companies are now fast adopting sustainable business models that address economic, social and environmental issues of the countries they operate in. By providing this ‘Prize’, I believe Etisalat has contributed positively to the social/socio-cultural aspect of not only Nigeria but Africa. And yes, Etisalat is rated as the best telecommunications company in Nigeria in terms of Quality of Service by the NCC. Google! And noooo this comment is not sponsored by Etisalat, but I just take the issue of literature quite personal! lol…

  • Daniel June 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    If this is “sponsored content”, why wont Etisalat tag the names of the attendees apart their CEO, CCO, Head Value … It is rather disrespectful to the invited guests. A step in the right direction, but I shudder to think they spend much much more money on celeb campaigns that are of doubtful strategic value. NLNG is putting $100 000 into its Literature Prize, Etisalat should be putting at least $25 000.

  • Tosin June 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    inneresting. Etisalat gets cool points.

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