After the consecration of the Moroccan writer and artist Youssouf Amine Elalamy for “C’est beau, la guerre”, co-edited by Au Diable Vauvert and the Moroccan house Le Fennec, the Orange book prize in Africa 2021 could well be won by the Moroccan Loubna Serraj. She is in the running for her novel “Pourvu qu’il soit de bonne humeur”, published by La Croisée des Chemins.
Organized by the Orange Foundation in partnership with the French Institute, the Orange Book Prize in Africa since 2019 rewards a novel written in French by an African writer and published by a publisher based on the African continent.
Note that Loubna Serraj was selected alongside the Algerian Ahmed Gasmia (“The people of the sky”, editions Frantz Fanon), the Senegalese Ibrahima Hane (“The foam of time”, editions L’Harmattan), the Congolese Monique Ilboudo (“Crossroads of Widows”, Les lettres Mouchetées editions), the Mauritian Davina Ittoo (“Misère”, L’Atelier des nomades editions) and the Tunisian Sami Mokkadem (“Le secret des Barcides”, Pop Libris editions). a total of 74 novels, from 16 countries, competed in this 3rd edition.
The selection of the six finalist novels was carried out by five reading committees in Tunisia, Cameroon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Mali.
Endowed with 10,000 euros, the winner of this literary prize will be announced at the end of June in Tunis.