Ezeigbo, 2 S/Africans make Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature shortlist

Posted: August 31, 2012 in arts/culture

Three prominent authors in Africa have made the shortlist for the 2012 edition of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa sponsored by telecoms giants, Globacom.

The three shortlisted candidates announced, Tuesday, by the judging panel of the awards include: Professor Adimora-Ezeigbo from Nigeria for Roses and Bullets, Sifizo Mzobe from South Africa for Young Blood and his compatriot, Bridget Pitt for The Unseen Leopard.

Organisers of the event, The Lumina Foundation stated that the three candidates were chosen based on the quality of their work and intellectual depth of the authors.

Adimora-Ezeigbo is a multiple award-winning scholar and writer. She received the first Best Researcher Award in the Arts & Humanities at the University of Lagos in 2005. She has had many fellowship’s including visiting Commonwealth Fellow at SOAS, University of London (1989/90); a research fellow at University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg S.A (1999/2000); and Visiting Scholar at the Centre for African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany (2000).

This is in addition to many literary awards like Cadbury ANA poetry prize (2009); the Nigerian Prize for Literature (2007) and “Outstanding Contribution Award” from Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of River State, Nigeria at the Garden City Literary Festival in December, 2010 “in recognition of the vivid colours she has added to Nigerian Literature”.

Sifiso Mzobe, a South African was born in Umlazi township of Durban. He studied journalism at Damelin Business Campus in Durban. He won the Sunday Times Literary Award in 2011 and currently works for a community newspaper in Durban as a journalist.

Bridget Pitt is a Zimbabwe-born South African writer. Her first published work was for newspaper Grassroots, which was used by Cape Town Black communities as an organizing tool in the anti-apartheid struggles during the 1980’s.

She has published poetry in the Thinker magazine, short stories and two adult novels, unbroken wings and the unseen Leopard which was short-listed for the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2011.

She also received a commonwealth nomination for a short story in 2012.

The winner will be announced at the Awards night of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa holding at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday, 8th September, 2012.

The occasion will be chaired by former Ghanaian President, John Kuffor while Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos will serve as host Governor and Governor Ibikunle Amosun as Special Guest of Honour.

Also expected at the event are top Diplomats, Captains of Industry, University administrators and literary icons.

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