The Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa Region Shortlist has been announced. I got this information from Accra Books and Things who also led me to Africa is a Country, where the list have been posted. In the Best Book category there are six books: 4 from South Africa, 1 from Nigeria and another 1 from Sierra Leone. In the First Best Book category there are again 6 books equally shared between Nigeria and South Africa.
Hey! What are the writers in the other countries doing? Is this indicative of the dearth of excellent writers in the remaining fifty-two countries?
Africa Best Book:
- The Memory of Love by Aminata Forna (Sierra Leone)
- Men of the South by Sukiswa Wanner (South Africa)
- The Unseen Leopard by Bridget Pitt (South Africa)
- Oil on Water by Helon Habila (Nigeria)
- Blood at Bay by Sue Rabie (South Africa)
- Banquet at Brabazan by Patricia Schonstein (South Africa)
Africa Best First Book:
- Happiness is a Four Letter Word by Cynthia Jele (South Africa)
- Bitter Leaf by Chioma Okereke (Nigeria)
- The Fossil Artist by Graeme Friedman (South Africa)
- Colour Blind by Uzoma Uponi (Nigeria)
- Voice of America by E.C. Osondu (Nigeria)
- Wall of Days by Alastair Bruce (South Africa)
The announcement of the winners would mean that my Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa Region Reading Challenge would increase by two books. Like fractals, this is possibly a challenge that would not end, or whose end is a function of when organisers would stop awarding writers, at least for the African Region. And I hope it does not end.
Like Accra Books and Things, most of these writers are new to me especially the South African authors. I hope to expand my readings and enrich my mind with these readings.