Ile wins literature prize
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