NoViolet Bulawayo’s trailblazing first novel, We Need New Names, continues to gain global recognition.
She has just been short-listed for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature. The award is a new Pan-African literary prize created to recognise and reward debut fiction writers in Africa.
The winner will be presented with a cheque of £15 000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and will attend The Etisalat Fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of the Last King of Scotland.
The winner is set to be announced at a grand award ceremony in Lagos on February 23. Bulawayo became the first African woman writer to be shortlisted for the prestigious ManBooker Prize.
She is currently a Stagner Fellow at Stanford Universtity in the US.