Friday, March 04, 2011

Winners of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa Region

The winners of the Commonwealth Writers Prize has been announced. The winners for Africa Region are:
  • Best Book: The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone)
  • Best First Book: Happiness is a Four-Letter Word by Cynthia Jele (South Africa)
Congrats to all the winners. The shortlisted writers could be found here. Thus, I have increased my Commonwealth Writers Prize Winners Reading Project by two books, thanks to the winning authors. 

The judges for the Africa Region include: Ajoa Yeboa-Afari (Chair) (Ghana), Peter Simatei (South Africa) and Beula Thumbadoo (South Africa). Read more about them here.

Other Regional Winners announced include:
  • Caribbean and Canada
  • South Asia and Europe
  • South East Asia and Pacific
Click here to read the winners in those regions. The overall winners would be announced on May 21, 2011. 

4 comments:

  1. Yes...there has been an increase in our project - thus - by two books. The search and hunt for those books begins.... The chair, Adjoa-Yeboah Afari has said that among the some 60 entries from Africans, only 5 books were from Ghana. What a poor representation of Ghanaian writers. Nana, did you have any favorite for the best book?

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  2. @Geosi, yes that is a poor showing. I hope things change soon. I haven't read any of the books in the shortlist but I guess Aminatta's book is a deserved winner, judging from what I heard about it. In fact all the shortlisted books were close contenders... Helon's book too I heard a lot about it. I thought

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  3. Two more interesting sounding books to read to be sure. I was secretly rooting for Habila but alas, perhaps another year! I'll have to read these now to see how they compare.

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  4. Two more in a never-ending challenge.

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