Call for Entries for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Etisalat Nigeria, today announced the call for entries for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the second edition of the much celebrated innovative literature prize launched in 2013. The Etisalat Prize for Literature which is the first Pan African Literary Award to celebrate African fiction writers seeks to recognise, celebrate and reward debut fiction writers of African descent whose works are published in the last 24 months.

According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, “the Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talent out of the African continent and is the first prize with the novel concept of also promoting the growing publishing industry in Africa. The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia. The winner and shortlisted writers receive a sponsored two-city tour promoting their books.”

The acting CEO highlighted that following the success of the maiden edition last year, the literary community is eagerly awaiting this second edition. NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel “We Need New Names”. The Etisalat Prize accepts submitted works which must be a writer’s first work of fiction over 30,000 words, which has been published in the last 24 months. The Etisalat Prize will also launch the online based flash fiction prize later in the year to engage the rising stars of fiction.

A Press Conference will be held in Lagos, in June, to announce the panel of judges for this year’s competition. Rules and guidelines for entry are available on www.etisalatprize.com

Entries close 8th of August 2014.

URGENT Call For Submissions: Africa39

African authors born after Jan 1st 1974 to be honoured in the Africa39 Project, an anthology to be edited by Ella Alfrey and introduced by Wole Soyinka.

In a year in which Port Harcourt has been accorded the honour of being the first sub-Saharan city to be named UNESCO World Book Capital, a year of Nigeria’s Centenary, The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts Ltd and the Rainbow Book Club have partnered to present the best of African writers under the age of 40.

Excerpts of the press release are below.

What is Africa39 Project?
The Africa39 Project has been set up as a key part of the programs and celebrations of Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014.  In April 2014, Africa39 will announce 39 of the most promising African writers of fiction under the age of 40.

The Africa39 Project is a partnership between the Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts Ltd., UK; and the Rainbow Book Club (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).

The Africa39 Project will contact and liaise with African literary prizes, writers groups, literary magazines, and literary festivals.

We have been made to understand that the organisers are apologetic that this announcement is coming at such short notice. This is a huge opportunity for a new generation of writers, and we urge you, our readers, to encourage as many as possible to submit an application for consideration. Details below.

Rules for Applicants.

  • Writers may apply on their own behalf
  • Agents and publishers can apply on behalf of writers in their stable.
  • Writers must be under 40 years of age  (born on or after January 1st, 1974).
  • Writers must have published at least one work of fiction.
  • We are keen to promote writers who show promise.
  • The judges’ decision is final and they will not enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions.
  • This prize is open only to African writers.
  • By African writer we mean that you are a resident of; or were born in one of the countries listed below.  By African writers, we also mean that any writer who has one or more parents from any of these countries:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria,  Réunion, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Helena, São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Writers from the Diaspora(s) of any one or more of the countries listed above are encouraged to apply.
  • The author must provide the following essential information on the cover page:
  • full name, date of birth, country of origin.
  • contact details: e-mail, telephone number (including country-code), twitter handle.
  • a 200 word biography.
  • a short bibliography of your published literary work.

The author must also attach:

  • a scanned copy of the biographical page from one of the following: your passport,your official national identification card,or your driver’s licence.
  • a square author photograph in .png format  minimum of 180×180 pixels.

                The deadline for ALL submissions is midnight (East African Time/GMT+3) Dec 10th, 2013.

                ALL applicant submissions should be made VIA EMAIL ONLY TO: africa39project@gmail.com

All questions should be directed ONLY to this email address: africa39project@gmail.com  or on Twitter @africa39list

Please ensure your submissions keep strictly to the guidelines and application criteria we have provided in this document.

Application Criteria

  • Applicants must submit one creative piece, that they feel is their strongest work of fiction. This may be a short story, or an excerpt of a longer work of fiction. We are open to creative non-fiction submissions, or an excerpt of a non-fiction novel.
  • The submitted piece must be no longer than 5000 words.
  • The submitted piece must be typed, double-spaced, and delivered ONLY in Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • The submitted creative piece must only be sent as TWO document attachments, each with a cover page containing the details specified in the rules.
  • One of the TWO document attachments must be a Microsoft Word (.doc) file, and another must be a Adobe Portable Document format (.pdf) file.
  • These two documents should have page numbers.
  • Please ensure your submissions keep strictly to the guidelines we have given.
  • With each creative submission, make sure to include, after the cover page, a 500 word synopsis if the submission is an excerpt of a larger work.
  • We strongly encourage submissions of work in African languages. If there is no professionally produced literary translation of creative submission in an African language, we will arrange to have one done.
  • Translations into English of creative submissions originally written in French/German/Spanish/Portuguese or other language are welcome.
  • Where necessary, we will arrange for professional literary translations of creative submissions into English.

ALL Submissions, as well as queries, should be e-mailed to: africa39project@gmail.com

Submissions will be read by a panel headed by Binyavanga Wainaina which will submit  a long-list of 120 authors to the final judges by 15th December 2013.

The distinguished judging panel will include the following eminent literary figures: Elechi Amadi, Tess Onwueme, and Margaret Busby.

The judges will select the final 39 winners from this long-list of 120, and announce them in April 2014 at the London Bookfair and in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Rainbow Book Club and Hay Festival will contact the 39 authors selected for the Africa39 Project to inform them that they have been selected, and to commission from each, a short story or extract that will be published in the anthology. The prestigious publishing house Bloomsbury is committed to publishing the anthology in English by October 2014 if the commissioned works by the authors are ready by end of March 2014.

Nobel Prize winner Professor Wole Soyinka will write the introduction to the anthology.

Renowned editor, Ellah Allfrey (OBE), will edit the anthology.

The judges’ decision is final and under no circumstances will they enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions.

The copyright of each submission remains with its owner.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature hosts a Creative Writing Workshop at the Bogobiri Festival

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We are very exited to announce The Etisalat Prize for Literature Week at the Bogobiri Festival this November. On the bill events is a four day  residential workshop on creative writing to be facilitated by Igoni Barrett, Eghosa Imasuen, and Binyavanga Wainaina of Farafina. The Workshop, which will focus on fictional prose writing, will hold from the 7th to the 10th of November 2013.

Bogobiri invites interested members of the public to send in applications. There are ten places up for grabs. All you have to do is email your application to bogobiriwriter@kachifo.com. Applications should include a short cover note, short biographical details, and a prose writing sample (it may be fiction or non-fiction) of between 200-800 words. All should be in the body of the email; sadly, applications with attachments will be deleted unread. Participation in the workshop is free and the organisers will provide accommodation and feeding for the duration.

In advance of the workshop writers who have made the final list will be asked to send in an original work of short fiction.  Participants will also be sent several stories and excerpts from longer works as reading material to be discussed at the workshop. During the workshop each participant’s work will be critiqued by the facilitators and developed using workshop exercises, readings from well-known authors and reading out loud. Throughout the duration, participants will be encouraged to share their writing and offer and receive feedback with fellow writers and facilitators.  There will also be daily assignments to hone creative writing skills.

Applications will close on the 29th of October and successful applicants will be notified by Saturday, the 2nd of November, 2013.

Update (4pm 06 Nov 2013): Binyavanga Wainaina will not be coming to the workshop due to other important engagements.

Photo Diary, 2013 Farafina Trust Literary Evening

So another Farafina Workshop has come and gone but not without characteristic glamour. On Friday 16th August the workshop participants, mentors, sponsors, well wishers and the everyone else who loves a literary fest gathered at Oriental Hotel, VI to mark the end of the 2013 Farafina Workshop.

Courtesy of our favourite photographer (ever!), Tolu Talabi, enjoy these glam shots from The Farafina Trust Literary Evening.

It was impossible not to be enchanted by literature at a venue like this.

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Binyavanga Wainana and Pearl Osibu

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The Beautiful Ms. Adichie

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The Adichies

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The Binj

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Eghosa Imasuen, 2013 Farafina Trust Workshop Facilitator

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The lovely Mrs. Imasuen

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A cross-section of the audience with Chimamanda Adichie

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Chimamanda Adichie and Ivara Esege

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Workshop participants, (l-r) Tolu Agunbiade, Maryam Isa, and guest (Tola Agunbiade)

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2013 Workshop participants (l-r), Damilola Yakubu, Adaora Nwankwo and Sifa Asani-Gowon

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2013 Workshop participants (l-r), Uchenna Ude, Okpanachi Michael

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2013 Workshop participants (l-r), Timendu Aghahowa, Gbolahan Adeola, Adulrashid Muhammad

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2013 workshop facilitators, Eghosa Imasuen, Aslak Sira Myhre and Binyavanga Wainana

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The Imasuens

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Chimamanda Adichie speaking about the 2013 Workshop and its participants

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Yona Oyegun-Masade, Kachifo’s Managing Editor

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Amatesiro Dore, writer and roving editor for Kachifo

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Efe Paul Azino, 2013 Farafina Workshop participant and prolific poet

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Artist, K’Cee (of Limpopo fame) and young fan

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Ahem, sorry did we say fan? We meant young talent

Introducing…The Final #ShugaArtist Judge, Native Maqari

Native Maqari

Native Maqari at work

Born in 1980, Native is gradually becoming one of the most talented draughtsmen of his generation. In the recent years his reputation has surpassed the graffiti movement to contaminate the wold of illustration and comics. A simple look at his work suffices to grasp the rhythmic and musical potential of his lines. Whether on a comic page or a large-scale mural the two approaches nourish each other in a dialogue with a visual vocabulary that gets dramatically richer over time.

Born in Nigeria, Native immigrated to Brooklyn NY as a child and has lived in places like Tel Aviv Israel and Cairo Egypt. He has been a part of avant-garde crews like YMI New York and 1984 Paris and has been a regular feature in the Paris comic and Street Art world for the past few years.

His past publications include:

The Sessions 2007 (publisher DRAGO Italy)

Arabesque 2009 (publisher Gelstaten Germany)

Jean Senac 2012 with Maximilien Le Roy and Zephyr

Very excitingly, his upcoming works include:

Captain Rugged with Biyi Bandele (director of Shuga) and Keziah Jones  Nov 2013 (publisher, Damiani, Italy)

Angela! With Angela Davis and Maximilien le Roy

Chinua Achebe‘s Girls at War with Biyi Bandele

That’s it folks! Native is the last of our five member judging panel and we absolutely LOVE his work.

Check out our other judges Adeniran Adeniji, Abraham Oshoko, Julie Allen and Tim Horwood, whom we’ve been profiling all week.

#ShugaArtist Search Extended

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In response to appeals from artists in different parts of the country who only heard about #ShugaArtist a few days ago, the organisers of the #ShugaArtist search have decided to extend the entry submission deadline to MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST, 2013.

Artists who have already submitted their entries are permitted to resubmit if they so desire.

Note, no further extensions will be given so please, be nice and spread the word.

The #ShugaArtist search seeks to find an artist to create a sizzling comic book based on the Shuga TV series. Based on storylines and characters from the award winning drama about youth, sex, health and relationships drama, this exciting opportunity will give an unrivalled platform for showcasing the best illustration and graphic design talent in Nigeria.

This is an official announcement from the programme organisers MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Kachifo Limited.

More #ShugaArtist Judges

And the unveiling continues. Meet two more of our fabulous #ShugaArtist judges.

 

Julie Allen

Julie Allen

Julie Allen

Julie Allen is Creative Director for Social Responsibility at MTV Networks International (MTVNI). In this role she is responsible for the strategic and creative development of pro-social media campaigns across all platforms for MTVNI – this includes long and short form on-air programming, events and digital content.

In addition to campaign-creation, Julie also spends time working on the Staying Alive Foundation – MTV’s global HIV prevention charity and one of the driving forces behind the Shuga series. She has created valuable fundraising initiatives for the charity – most notably MTV RE:DEFINE – an art auction, exhibition and gala held in Dallas, Texas, in partnership with The Goss-Michael Foundation. Julie was responsible for conceiving the original concept, developing it with curators and GMF, establishing the team and seeing it through from ideation to execution. Since 2011, two auctions have raised over $1.7m and seen work on show from over 50 artists including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin and Shepard Fairey.

Some of Julie’s other notable highlights include being the Co-creator and Executive Producer of award winning MTV documentary Me, Myself and HIV as well as being the Co-creator of MTV Voices, MTV’s global pro-social platform for the millennial generation.

Tim Horwood

Tim Horwood

Tim Horwood

Biography

Tim Horwood is an award-winning Creative Director at Viacom International Media Networks where he currently heads up the Production and Creative departments of MTV, MTV Base, Comedy Central, VH1 and Nickelodeon in Africa. Tim’s portfolio recently expanded to include the role of Channel Director for MTV Base, MTV’s flagship, 24 hour Pan African Music and Lifestyle feed.

Tim started his TV career in front of the camera as an actor / TV presenter at the age of 10, and swiftly found his feet behind the camera as a director and producer. He has gone on to produce and oversee a vast number of Television shows and campaigns across Africa.

Leading by example, Tim heads up a team of young and passionate production, programming, marketing, talent & music personnel.

In 2012 Tim was a guest speaker at the prestigious PromaxBDA conferences in Africa, Australia and France and was invited to speak at the PromaxBDA conference in India and Singapore in 2013. He has been a South African Music Awards Judge for the last 8 years and was a part of the judging panel  for the International Emmy Awards 2013.

Tim officially resides in Johannesburg but spends his time working and travelling between South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

 

We’ve got together a veritable powerhouse of judges. There’s no doubt that we’ll be selecting the very best of the best as #ShugaArtist.

The countdown begins…

 

Abraham Oshoko, #ShugaArtist judge and author of June 12 graphic novel series on the #ShugaArtist search

Abraham Oshoko, #ShugaArtist judge

Abraham Oshoko, #ShugaArtist judge

Earlier we profiled Adeniran Adeniji, a #ShugaArtist judge. Learn more about Abraham Oshoko one of the other judges and see what he has to say about Nigerian artistic talent and the origins of his own passion for comic art.

Abraham Oshoko is a writer, illustrator and graphic designer. His cartoons have featured in NEXT newspaper, amongst others. Passionate about African art, he believes there is untapped creative inspiration in ancient and contemporary African history. He hopes to share as much of this as possible in his graphic novels.

 

Excerpt: Abraham Oshoko's June 12 1993:Annulment

Excerpt: Abraham Oshoko’s June 12 1993:Annulment

June 12: The Struggle for Power in Nigeria his first full-length graphic novel, about political upheaval in Nigeria during the mid-1990s, was published in 2007 under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina imprint. In 2013 a second instalment, June 12 1993: Annulment followed also by Farafina.

Abraham currently runs the Prolifix School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts, where he hopes to prove that everyone can learn to draw. He lives in Lagos with his wife and children.

Farafina Books hooked up with Abraham to get his take on #ShugaArtist and Nigerian talent.

FB: What was your first encounter with comic books?

AO: My first encounter with comic books was when I was in Primary 5 and I came across the then ‘Battle Picture Library’ and ‘War Picture Library’’ then later ‘Commando Comics’. These were comic books based on the Second World War. I later came across Fantasy comics like Conan and other superheroes comics much later.

FB: What was your inspiration for becoming a comic artist?

AO: I think the  ability to ‘create something’ is really fascinating and it’s a real encouragement. But it all really started from an illustration of cowboys and Indians on the wrapping on a pack of bubble gum when I was much younger.

FB: Do you have any images that inspired your passion?

AO: Yes… I’m fascinated with illustrations of armoured tanks, soldiers and classic architectural pieces. I particularly appreciate artwork that shows all the small details.

FB: When you started out, comic art wasn’t so popular in Nigeria, how would you describe the comic art industry in Nigeria today?

AO: That’s not completely correct. We had Papa Ajasco and Super Story and they were very popular comic stories in those days. Presently, I’ll say it’s quite young. Though I think with time it will gain ground. Think about it, with the release of Thor, Iron Man, Spider man, Avengers, Captain America and so on, the best selling movies in Hollywood are actually comic book stories.

FB: So, do we have the local talent to transform #ShugaNaija into a comic book?

AO: Obviously, we do. There are a lot of talented and aspiring artists out there. All they need is encouragement and perhaps a more conducive working environment.

FB: What level of quality do you expect to see from a potential #ShugaArtist? Do you have any images that depict the level of talent we can expect to see?

AO: Oh, I expect the same quality and attention paid to details as we see in American and Japanese comics.

FB: Why should Nigerian comic artists be entering the #ShugaArtist selection process?

AO: It would give them the exposure needed in order to compete with other artists internationally.

Word!

#ShugaArtist Judge, Adeniran Adeniji of UHURU comics on the Artist Open Call

Adeniran Adeniji Jr.

#ShugaArtist Judge, Adeniran Adeniji Jr.

Adeniran Adeniji Jr. is the chief executive of PMG Multimedia, a subsidiary of Phalanx Media Group, a Lagos-based Media company and creators of Uhuru: Legend of the Windriders.

He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and started reading comics at a very early age. Greatly inspired by titles such as Spiderman, X-men and Superman, he started creating and drawing his own characters in elementary school and had over a hundred original characters by the time he was twelve. Adeniran still avidly reads comics and insists that they are not just for kids as many in Nigeria believe. There are comics for people of all ages and they are a vital part of any society’s popular and literary culture because they entertain as well as educate.

Uhuru: Legend of the Windriders, an African adventure set in the future, was first published in August of 2012 under CB Press. A four-part digital animated series of Uhuru is being developed for release in 2015 by PMG Multimedia.

Adeniran enjoys working with young people and has been involved in a number of youth workshops and events including “Heroes Are Us”, a comic creation workshop for teenagers, and the Lagos Junior Carnival, organised by the Lagos State Government.

Today, he shuttles between Lagos, where he works, and his home in Charlotte, NC, USA where his wife and three children are based.

Farafina Books, asked Adeniran a few questions about his own history in the comic book world and what he thinks of #ShugaArtist, here’s what he said.

FB: What was your first encounter with comic books?

AA: Don’t remember my first encounter to be honest. My mum got me hooked on comics. Thanks mum!

FB: What was your inspiration for becoming a comic artist?

AA: I fell in love with Marvel comics. I loved drawing already but started drawing comic books in elementary school. My cousin, Folayemi Awojobi, was the best artist in school at the time and I wanted to be better than him. So he was my inspiration.

My focus has moved from being an illustrator to developing solid production, marketing and distribution platforms for our very talented creatives to get their work out to their target markets.

FB: Do you have any images that inspired your passion?

AA: Yes, there are many. Primarily images in Avengers, Spiderman and Superman comics. There are many other genres that have fueled my passion, too many to enumerate here.

FB: When you started out, comic art wasn’t so popular in Nigeria, how would you describe the comic art industry in Nigeria today?

AA: The terrain is much better than when I started out. Artists today have access to a wide range of software and then there’s the internet. Consequently, their work has a more professional look and they benefit from the extensity the internet affords them. They have greater access to learning tools, markets and the creative community (indigenous and global). There is still a lot of ground to cover but I’m happy with the progress made so far.

FB: So, do we have the local talent to transform #ShugaNaija into a comic book?

AA: Absolutely! The talent is on par with anywhere is the world. They just need support and exposure. An ecosystem needs to exist that enables many of our creatives to earn a living doing what they love. It will come. It’s inevitable.

FB: What level of quality do you expect to see? Do you have any images that depict the level of talent we can expect to see from a potential #ShugaArtist?

AA: I expect to see a high level of quality. Yes, I do have images that depict the level of talent we expect to see.

BoomSquad (pencilled, inked and colored by Stanley "Stanch" Obende)

BoomSquad (pencilled, inked and colored by Stanley “Stanch” Obende)

Exodus (pencilled and inked by Nnamdi Nwoha; colored by Harriet Ekwueme)

Exodus (pencilled and inked by Nnamdi Nwoha; colored by Harriet Ekwueme)

Superwind (pencilled, inked and colored by Jide Daniel Olusanya)

Superwind (pencilled, inked and colored by Jide Daniel Olusanya)

FB: Why should Nigerian comic artists be entering the #ShugaArtist selection process?

AA: They should enter the Shuga Artist selection process because of the affiliation with top brands like MTV Base and Kachifo and for the exposure it will give them personally and professionally.

Key relationships are integral to a sustainable career…..whatever you do.

So, all you comic artists out there, you heard it from a #ShugaArtist judge!

#ShugaArtist Judge, Tim Horwood, on Nigerian Artists and the Open Call

‪#‎ShugaArtist‬ search judge, Tim Horwood, on why any Nigerian comic artist worth their salt should be responding to this open call for the Shuga comic book.

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