Africa Shortlists – 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

Once again, the 2011 Commonwealth Shortlists is out there.

Of much interest to me for this release is the increasing number of Nigerian and South African writers who make up the shortlist. Glancing through the shortlists, one is tempted to ask about the magical wonders of these two countries, if even the use of magical here is appropriate, how these countries keep recurring in almost every years’ shortlists.

It is sad to see that there were no Ghanaian writers to make it to the shortlists.

According to the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize website, the regional winners of the Best Book and Best First Book prizes will be announced on March 3, 2011 and the two overall winners will be announced on May 21, 2011.

Men of the South by Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa) is shortlisted for the category of the Africa Best Book. Geosi Reads is happy to inform his readers that Zukiswa Wanner has agreed to be interviewed here. We wish her the very best!

See the full article here.

Top Image copied from the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize website.


4 Responses to Africa Shortlists – 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

  1. Great, would be looking forward for this interview.


  2. Amy says:

    I, too, look forward to the interview. I liked the point you made on Nana’s blog about the publishing industries being larger in SA and Nigeria and how that might be part of the reason those two countries are so well represented. It makes one start to wonder what can be done so that in future years more countries are listed!


    • Geosi says:

      Amy! Absolutely right. I think if the other countries should see the need to do more about the publishing industries, we would very soon see them well represented. And yes… the interview would be in soon. Cheers!


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