We say hearty congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Penguin prize for African writing; Pius Adesanmi(non fiction category) and Ellen Banda-Aaku(fiction category). They were named at an elaborate ceremony, on September 4 in South Africa.
Pius Adesanmi won the prize for his collection of essays, You’re Not A Country, Africa!. Adesanmi, in this work, seeks to understand Africa and relate his perception of what being African means.
Zambian author, Ellen Aaku, in her novel, Patchwork, tells the story of a young girl’s attempts to come to terms with her own identity and fashion a future for herself from the patchwork of the life she was born into. For their efforts, both authors received a cash prize of R5o000 and publishing contracts with Penguin books South Africa.
The Penguin Prize for African Writing recognises fresh, new voices from the African continent and this event very successfully reflected that. The award also seeks to highlight the diverse writing talent on the African continent and make new African fiction and non-fiction available to a wider readership.
To all the shortlisted authors and the winners, we say congrats and more ink to your pens!