Fiston Mwanza Mujila, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has emerged winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature.
He won the £15,000 prize for his debut novel, Tram 83 and was unveiled at the award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on Saturday night.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature was created in 2013 and is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first-time African writers of published fiction books. The prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.
Two South Africans were the other finalists for the prize: Penny Busetto, with the novel: “The Story of Anna P as Told by Herself”, and Rehana Rossouw, with the book: “What Will People Say?”
For emerging the prize winner, Mr. Mujila, will attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia under the mentorship of Giles Foden.
In addition to the great rewards for the winner, all the three shortlisted writers will also enjoy a sponsored multi-city book tour and will also have 1,000 copies of their books purchased by Etisalat for distribution to schools, libraries and book clubs across the African continent.
In the Flash Fiction category, Nigeria’s Kuti Ojuolape Modupe beat over 1300 entries to emerge winner for her story titled ‘Gone’.