Dibakana Mankessi

Dibakana Mankessi wins Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire 2023

Dibakana Mankessi’s novel Psychanalyste de Brazzaville won the Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire 2023 in Paris, France on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire is a literary prize presented every year by the Association of French Language Writers (ADELF) for a text in French from Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the winners of the prize first won by Aké Loba in 1961 have been Bernard Dadié, Ahmadou Kourouma, Lamine Diakhate, Aminata Sow Fall, Mariama Bâ, Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Alain Mabanckou, Patrice Nganang, Sami Tchak, Léonora Miano, Hemley Boum, Jean Pliya, Sory Camara, and Véronique Tadjo. After a five-year hiatus, Nétonon Noël Ndjékéry won the award last year.

The finalists for 2023 were revealed on Monday, February 19 before the winners were announced in the different categories. They are;

Dibakana Mankessi and Dieudonné Niangouna
Dibakana Mankessi and Dieudonné Niangouna show their awards

Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire  

  • Le Psychanalyste de Brazzaville, Dibakana Mankessi (éd. Les lettres mouchetées).

Le Grand Prix Afrique Avant Garde

  • La mise en papa, Dieudonné Niangouna (éd. L’oeil d’or)

La Mention de l’Edition Africaine

  • Éditions Les Lettres mouchetées basées à Pointe-Noire, Congo

Read more on the ceremony from our friends at Afrolivresque by clicking here.

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