Nigerians, Jowhor Ile and Juliet Iromuanya, have been shortlisted along with South African, Jacqui L’Ange, for the 2016 edition of the pan-African literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

According to Helon Habila, chair of judges, the writers were selected from a long list after fulfilling some criteria.

“In addition to the originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a work that portrays an African sensibility,” said Habila.

The three shortlisted books are:

The Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa);
And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile (Kachifo Limited, Nigeria);
Mr & Mrs. Doctor by Julie Iromuanya (Coffee House Press, USA).

Other judges included South African writer/activist, Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer and Africa39 laureate, Edwige Renée Dro.

The winner will be unveiled at the grand finale in Lagos, scheduled to take place in March 2017.



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