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Souad Jamaï and Fedwa Misk Finalists of the Ivory Prize for African Literature

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Two works from La Croisée des Chemins are finalists for the Ivory Prize for Francophone African literature! They are Souad Jamaï’s dystopian novel “Le Serment du dernier messager”, and “Nos Mères”, a play by Fedwa Misk.

In total, one hundred and three (103) books from 19 countries were regularly registered for the 2021 edition of the Ivory Prize. The pre-jury responsible for selecting the finalist works was made up of literary critics Michel Koffi (president), Auguste Gnaléhi, Serge Grah, Koffi Koffi, and Henri N’koumo.

The writer Werewere-Liking (Noma Prize 2005) is the president of the final jury responsible for the designation of the winner among the six (6) finalists. The four other works, all novels, in the running are: This Morsure trop vive by Nassuf Djailani (Comoros), Misère by Davina Ittoo (Mauritius), Dans le ventre du Congo by Blaise Ndala (Congo) and Les Villages de Dieu by Emmelie Prophète (Haiti).

The 13th Ivoire Prize for Francophone African literature, with an amount of three thousand (3,000) euros will be awarded Saturday, November 20, 2021, at the Golf Hotel (Abidjan). In accordance with the regulations in force, the winner will be supported by the organizing committee for the reception of their Prize in Abidjan.

Created in 2008 by Akwaba Culture, an association governed by Ivorian law, the Ivory Prize for Francophone African Literature rewards emerging authors from Africa and African diasporas. It is placed under the sponsorship of the Ministry in charge of Culture of Côte d’Ivoire 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.

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