Ile wins lit­er­a­ture prize

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LA­GOS: Nige­rian writer Jowhor Ile, 37, has won the an­nual Eti­salat Prize for Lit­er­a­ture, hailed as the most pres­ti­gious pan-Africa lit­er­ary prize for de­but­ing nov­el­ists of African ori­gin. He won for his novel, And Af­ter Many Days.

Ile re­ceived £1 000 (R16 554) in prize money, an en­graved Mont­blanc Meis­ter­stuck pen, and an Eti­salat- spon­sored fel­low­ship at the Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia where he will be men­tored by Pro­fes­sor Giles Fo­den, author of the fa­mous The Last King of Scot­land.

An­other Nige­rian, Julie Iro­muanya, who wrote Mr & Mrs Doc­tor, and South African Jac­qui L’Ange, author of The Seed Thief, emerged as the runners-up. Ile’s novel is set in Port Har­court in the Niger-Delta re­gion of Nige­ria. It tells the story of a fam­ily whose teenage sib­lings go miss­ing dur­ing the rainy sea­son of 1995. Bur­dened with the sud­den loss, the fam­ily is torn apart, as their search for an­swers un­cov­ers fam­ily se­crets. – ANA

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