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Nigerian Writer, Johwor Ile Bags Etisalat Prize For Literature

Winner, 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, Jowhor Ile

Winner, 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, Jowhor Ile

The Nigerian literary community was elated when one of theirs, Johwor Ile was announced the winner for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016, for his novel, And After Many Days.

The judging panel chaired by award-winning novelist and poet, Helon Habila announced the winner at an award ceremony which held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on May 20, 2017.

Ile received £15,000, engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and a mobile device. Other rewards for Ile include an Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia where he will be mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland’.

He and the two runners-up will participate in a multi-city book tour of three African countries also sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria. Furthermore, Etisalat will purchase 1,000 copies of their books for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across Africa.

The runners-up for the prize include Another Nigerian, Julie Iromuanya, author of the book, Mr & Mrs Doctor, and a South African, Jacqui L’Ange, author of The Seed Thief.

Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, congratulated the winner and the runners-up, and restated the company’s commitment to continuously offer Nigerians and other Africans the best platforms to express their passion and creativity.

Past winners of the Etisalat Prize for Literature include Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila, for his novel, Tram 83; South African writer, Songeziwe Mahlangu for his novel, Penumbra and Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo for her novel, We Need New Names.

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Julie Iromuanya and guests

Julie Iromuanya and guests

Helon Habila_ Victor Ehikhamenor_ Ellah Wakatama Allfrey_ Tony Kan_ Mrs. Okonkwo_ Margaret Busby_ and Edwige-Renée Dro

Helon Habila_ Victor Ehikhamenor_ Ellah Wakatama Allfrey_ Tony Kan_ Mrs. Okonkwo_ Margaret Busby_ and Edwige-Renée Dro

Elvis Daniels_ Adebisi Idowu_ Jacqui L_Ange_ Jowhor Ile_ Julie Iromuanya_ Matthew Willsher_ and Wole Obasunloye

Elvis Daniels_ Adebisi Idowu_ Jacqui L_Ange_ Jowhor Ile_ Julie Iromuanya_ Matthew Willsher_ and Wole Obasunloye

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey_ Jacqui L_Ange_ Jowhor Ile_ Julie Iromuanya_ and Margaret Busby

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey_ Jacqui L_Ange_ Jowhor Ile_ Julie Iromuanya_ and Margaret Busby

Edwige-Renée Dro_ Jacqui L_Ange_ Jowhor Ile_ Elinor Sisulu_ Julie Iromuanya_ and Helon Habila

Edwige-Renée Dro_ Jacqui L_Ange_ Jowhor Ile_ Elinor Sisulu_ Julie Iromuanya_ and Helon Habila

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu_ a Guest_ and Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu_ a Guest_ and Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Dir. Digital Business, Etisalat, Adia Sowho_ Nisha Malhan_ and Dir. Consumer Segments, Etisalat, Adeolu Dairo

Dir. Digital Business, Etisalat, Adia Sowho_ Nisha Malhan_ and Dir. Consumer Segments, Etisalat, Adeolu Dairo

Bunmi Oke_ Isreal Opayemi_ Head, Environmental Compliance and PR, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluseyi Osunsedo_ Deborah Willsher

Bunmi Oke_ Isreal Opayemi_ Head, Environmental Compliance and PR, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluseyi Osunsedo_ Deborah Willsher

Tani Fafunwa and guests

Tani Fafunwa and guests

Cast and crew of the stage performances directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa

Cast and crew of the stage performances directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa

Art exhibition

Art Exhibition

guests at the art exhibition

guests at the art exhibition

guests at the exhibition

Guests at the art exhibition

Kolawole Oke_ Bunmi Oke and Soni Irabor

Kolawole Oke_ Bunmi Oke and Soni Irabor

On-stage enactment of The Seed Thief by Jacqui L_Ange

On-stage enactment of The Seed Thief by Jacqui L_Ange

Performance by poet, Titi Sonuga

Performance by poet, Titi Sonuga

Stage enactment of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor by Julie Iromuanya

Stage enactment of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor by Julie Iromuanya

Stage enactment of the book, And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile

Stage enactment of the book, And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile

Stage enactment of The Seed Thief by Jacqui L_Ange

Stage enactment of The Seed Thief by Jacqui L_Ange


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