The 9mobile Fellowship (formally Etisalat) is a unique and generous annual award of £10,000 sponsored by the international telecommunications company 9mobile to enable a fiction writer from Africa who wants to write in English to spend four months in the Creative Writing community at the University of East Anglia.
It is awarded to the recipient of the 9mobile Prize for Literature, a prize established by the company in 2013 to celebrate new African fiction, encouraging upcoming writers whilst supporting the African publishing industry. The winner of the prize receives £15,000 in addition to the fellowship, and the prize also aims to support publishers by purchasing 1000 copies of all shortlisted books, to be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent. In addition it sponsors a book tour to three African cities for the three shortlisted writers.
The Fellow is mentored at UEA by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland, and is provided with significant opportunities to meet other writers, as well as agents and publishers while working on their second book.
The 2017 winner of the 9mobile Prize for Literature is Jowhor Ile.
Jowhor Ile was born in 1980 and raised in Nigeria, where he currently lives. His fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly and Litro Magazine.