Thursday 20 November 2014
Dr Nadia Davids's first book, An Imperfect Blessing has been longlisted for Nigeria's Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014.
The recently launched Etisalat Prize for literature is a pan-African competition that recognises the first works of fiction written by authors of African citizenship. The overall winner of the prize will receive £15,000 and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück. They will also complete a fellowship at UEA mentored by Professor Giles Foden.
Nadia Davids's An Imperfect Blessing (Umuzi, 2014), tells the story of fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood who - in South Africa in 1993 - experiences her own transformation set against the backdrop of the end of white rule and the beginning of the Mandela presidency.
The book has been described as "sharp in its insights yet warm in feeling" by J. M. Coetzee and "A poignant evocation of Cape Town in the last of the apartheid years" by Zoe Wicomb.
The winner will be announced at the Etisalat Prize for Literature Award Ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on the 22nd of February 2015.