It has been an exciting journey for the Etisalat Prize, beginning with the call for entries, the long wait for the longlist, and eventually the unveiling of the shortlist of three great books all worthy of the Etisalat Prize. But we all knew there could only be one winner, and he is Fiston Mwanza Mujila for his debut fiction novel, Tram 83 originally written in French; making him the third winner of the Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Literature instituted since 2013.
His winnings includes a £15,000 cheque, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and an iPhone 6s. He also gets to attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, the author of The Last King of Scotland.
In attendance were art lovers and dignitaries such as : Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Commissioner of Education, Dr. Idiat Adebule (represented by her Permanent Secretary, Dr. Olusola Yinka Ayandele); Commissioner of Science and Technology of Lagos State, Femi Odubiyi; Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Majority Leader, Federal House of Representatives; Professors Femi Osofisan and Ahmed Yerima (playwrights); Prof. Remi Raji (poet), Dr. Frank Edozien; thespians Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Genevieve Nnaji and Bimbo Akintola; and members of Etisalat Nigeria Board, Prof. Isabella Okagbue and Junaid Dikko, with top class performances from Asa, Darey Art-Alade, Evelle and K. Peace.
See photos from the glamorous event below: