Imbolo Mbule, Momar Seck and Flore Agnes Zoa. Photo/Jordan Balokok

Imbolo Mbue receives Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2022 award.

Imbolo Mbue received her Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2022 in events in Switzerland over the weekend of June 23 – 24, 2023.

Prix Littéraire Les Afriques is awarded annually to an African or writer of African descent who has written fiction highlighting a human, societal, ideological, political, cultural, economic or historical issue related to Africa or its diaspora. Prix Les Afriques, created by the Swiss lawyer Ngoãn Beti founded association La Cene Littéraire in 2015, gives exposure to African authors and authors of African descent. It has been won previously by Fiston Mwanza Mujila (2021), Ayobami Adebayo (2020), Elnathan John (2019), Kei Miller (2018), Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (2017) and Hemley Boum (2016).

For 2022, the jury featured Ambroise Kom (Chairman), Hortense Sime, Alphonsine Bouya, M. Boubacar Boris Diop, M. Sada Kane, M. Koulsy Lamko. They were joined by novelist, poet and international civil servant (Benin) Adelaide Fassinou, poet and novelist (Haiti) Kettly Mars, and University of Montreal Associate Professor M. Josias Semujanga from Canada (Rwanda). They announced the finalists for the prize on September 19 before announcing the winner Imbolo Mbue’s Puissions-nous vivre longtemps in December.

There was events in her honour by La CENE Littéraire the prize originators this past weekend in Saint-Prex and Geneva. It started with a reception in her honour as well as an exhibition organized by Dr. Momar Seck at the Le Nouveau Vallon Space in Geneva. Here she received her award of 6,000 Swiss Francs and a work of art worth 6,000 Swiss Francs. The prize will also buy 10,000 books from the publisher for distribution across the continent.

Here are some images by Jordan Balokok from the events in Switzerland courtesy of event organisers.

Imbolo Mbule and Flore Agnes Zoa Photo/Jordan Balokok
Imbolo Mbule and Flore Agnes Zoa Photo/Jordan Balokok
Imbolo Mbue. Photo/Jordan Balokok
Imbolo Mbue. Photo/Jordan Balokok
Imbolo Mbule and Momar Seck. Photo/Jordan Balokok
Imbolo Mbule and Momar Seck. Photo/Jordan Balokok

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