It was a night of glitz, glam, great performances and rewarding excellence as Etisalat held the 2nd edition of its Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Literature at the InterContinental Hotel, Lagos.
The event was attended by celebrities and veteran writers including Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka, who witnessed South African writer Songeziwe Mahlangu emerge the winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize with his book – “Penumbra“.
Songeziwe took home the coveted title including a cash prize of £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and a high-end device. In addition, he will also have book tours to 3 African cities and attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.
Neema Komba was also announced as the winner in the flash fiction category for her entry “Setting Babu on Fire“, taking home the cash prize of £1000 and a high end device.
Enitan Denloye (Director, Brands & Experience, Etisalat) commented saying – “Etisalat Nigeria is indeed pleased to celebrate all authors in the African literary spectrum from the greats such as Wole Soyinka, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ben Okri, and the winner of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo.“
The night also featured a great performance by Grammy Award-winning musician, Angelique Kidjo joined on stage by Evelle – the winner of the Etisalat-sponsored Nigerian Idol season 4.
Other highlights of the night included three thrilling stage plays that brought to life the shortlisted books. The plays featured Nollywood acts such as OC Ukeje, Bimbo Manuel, Bimbo Akintola, Tope Tedela and was directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa, of the V-monologues fame.