The list of finalists for the Orange Book Prize in Africa 2021 has been unveiled. Among the nominated authors, we find the Moroccan writer Loubna Serraj for her novel “Pourvu qu’il soit de bonne humeur “, published by La Croisée des Chemins editions.
The Orange Foundation in partnership with the French Institute has revealed the names of the finalists for the 2021 Orange Book Prize in Africa. The Moroccan Loubna Serraj is nominated for her novel “Provided he is in a good mood”, published by La Croisée des Chemins editions.
For this third edition, 74 novels from 16 countries competed. The Algerian Ahmed Gasmia (“The people of the sky”, editions Frantz Fanon), the Senegalese Ibrahima Hane (“The foam of time”, published by L’Harmattan), the Congolese Monique Ilboudo (“Carrefour des Veuve “, Published by Les lettres Mouchetées), the Mauritian Davina Ittoo (” Misère “, published by L’Atelier des nomades) and the Tunisian Sami Mokkadem (” Le secret des Barcides “, published by Pop Libris).
Launched in 2019, this prize rewards a novel written in French by an African writer and published by a publisher based in the African continent. To decide between the selected authors, the jury is chaired by Véronique Tadjo (Ivory Coast),and composed of Youssouf Amine Elalamy (Morocco), Yvan Amar (France), Kidi Bebey (France), Yahia Belaskri (Algeria), Eugène Ebodé (Cameroon), Valérie Marin La Meslée (France), Nicolas Michel (France), Gabriel Mwènè Okoundji (Congo) and Mariama Ndoye (Senegal).