Day 4, morning session: Literary prizes and Contests for African writers

Focus on The Etisalat Prize for Literature, Commonwealth Short Story Prize and The Africa39 Project

The emergence of literary prizes and writing contests for African writers in the past decade has boosted the creative energies of writers and propelled the winners to international stardom. The winning books are guaranteed high sales, and the financial benefits for the writer is assured. Is this true for all the winning writers?

Panelists: Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria/USA), Jackee Budesta Batanda (Uganda), Glaydah Namukasa (Uganda), Emma D’Costa (Commonwealth Writers (UK), and chair: Juliane Okot Bitek (Uganda/Canada).

Emma, Juliane, Chinelo, Jackee, and Glaydah

Emma, Juliane, Chinelo, Jackee, and Glaydah

Left: Glaydah, Chinelo, Jackee, Emma, and Juliane

Left: Glaydah, Chinelo, Jackee, Emma, and Juliane

Session two, morning to afternoon: The MFA Experience: What Writers Can Learn

Provocateur, Prof. Zakes Mda, and Moderator, Dr. Charles Mulekwa

Left: Zakes and Charles

Left: Zakes and Charles

Group photo

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