Celebrating New African Fiction Celebrating New African Fiction

The Etisalat Fellowship is a unique and generous annual award of £10,000 sponsored by the international telecommunications company Etisalat 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 Etisalat 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 2016 winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature is Fiston Mwanza Mujila.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (1981, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo) studied Literature and Human Sciences at Lubumbashi University. He now lives in Graz, Austria, teaches at University of Graz and is pursuing a PhD in Romance Languages. His writing has been awarded with numerous prizes, including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut as well as the Best Text for Theater (State Theater, Mainz) in 2010. His poems, prose works, and plays are reactions to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of the Congo and its effect on day-to-day life. His debut novel Tram 83 was a French Voices 2014 grant recipient and won the Grand Prix du Premier Roman des SGDL, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the Prix du Monde. Tram 83 has drawn comparisons to Fitzgerald, Céline, García Márquez, Hunter S. Thompson and even a painting by Hyeronimous Bosch or a piece by Coltrane.