Akwaba Culture Association revealed the winners of the 13th Prix Ivoire for African Literature of French-speaking expression. The Oath of the Last Messenger, a dystopian novel by Souad Jamaï, caught the attention of the jury and received a special mention.
103 books from 19 countries were in the running for the 2021 edition of the Ivory Prize. A pre-jury, made up of literary critics Michel Koffi (president), Auguste Gnaléhi, Serge Grah, Koffi Koffi and Henri N’koumo, selected six finalists. They are “This Too Vivid Bite” by Nassuf DJAILANI (Comoros), Misery by Davina ITTOO (Mauritius), The Oath of the Last Messenger by Souad JAMAI (Morocco), Our Mothers by Fedwa MISK (Morocco), In the Belly of the Congo by Blaise NDALA (Congo), Les Villages de Dieu by Emmelie PROPHETE, (Haiti)
And it was Blaise Ndala who won the Prize for his novel In the Belly of the Congo published by Éditions Vallesse. The jury, however, awarded a special mention to Souad Jamai’s novel: The Oath of the last messenger “The jury praised the quality of this prospective book which opens on our future, with the lucid tone, the humanist song that calls the best attention our world condemned to face the selfish interests of companies to the detriment of human lives. Against low blows and compromises, the author’s cry from the heart aims to restore Mankind to its ontological human values so that tomorrow will be the bearer of lives.” The jury said in a note sent to the editors.
Note that the 13th Prix Ivoire for African Literature of French-speaking expression will be awarded on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Hôtel du Golf (Abidjan).
Created in 2008 by Akwaba Culture, an association governed by Ivorian law, the Prix Ivoire for African Literature of French-speaking expression rewards emerging authors from Africa and African diasporas. It is placed under the sponsorship of the Ministry in charge of Culture of Ivory Coast and the International Organization of La Francophonie. It benefits from the support of the French Embassy and the Librairie de France Groupe de Côte d’Ivoire.