Mbaasem Foundation has received a total of ninety books, thirty copies each of the books shortlisted for the 2013 inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature. According to the Etisalat Prize for Literature, it purchased one thousand copies each of all three shortlisted books, as part of the prize, to donate to selected institutions across the African continent.
Mbaasem plans to donate the books to selected educational institutions to promote reading, to distribute some to the writers in our Women Writers Forum, and to stock the Mbaasem library.
NoViolet Bulawayo(right) won the Prize for her book; We Need New Names, out of the shortlist which included Yewande Omotoso(left) with Bom Boy, and Karen Jennings (middle) with Finding Soutbek.
About Mbaasem Foundation
Mbaasem, founded in 2001, supports the development and sustainability of African women writers and their artistic output. Mbaasem does this through creating an enabling environment for women to write, tell and publish their stories. The organization promotes literacy, reading and writing, especially among children and the youth. Mbaasem’s programs are designed to provide technical resources and facilities that support and enhance the creative processes of writers.
About the Etisalat Prize for Literature
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize to applaud first time writers of published fiction. The Etisalat Prize was founded in June 2013 and has a board of patrons which include some of Africa’s finest intellectuals. Submitted works must be the writer’s first fiction book of over 30,000 words and published within the last twenty-four months. The winner of the prize receives £15,000 and will attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia.