Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2023 shortlist announced.

Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2023 shortlist announced.

The shortlist for Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2023 has been announced today, Monday, November 27, 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 Imbolo Mbue (2022), Fiston Mwanza Mujila (2021), Ayobami Adebayo (2020), Elnathan John (2019), Kei Miller (2018), Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (2017) and Hemley Boum (2016).

The reading committee for 2023 had a preselection of the following books;

  • COEUR DE SAHEL, Amadou Amal Djaïli / Emmanuelle Collas
  • ROUGES SILENCES, Ba Diallo Fatimata / L’Harmattan
  • SAARA, Beyrouk / Elyzad
  • SI LE SOLEIL SE DEROBE, Dennis-Benn Nicole / Editions de l’Aube
  • COMME UNE REINE, Ernis / JC Lattès
  • PAROLE DE PERROQUET, Lombume Kalimasi Vincent / Miezi
  • LE FEU DU MILIEU, Mouhtare Touhfat / Le bruit du monde
  • MUSTIKS, Namwali Serpell, traduit de l’anglais par Porte Sabine / Seuil ;
  • OPEN WATER, Nelson Caleb Azumah, traduit de l’anglais par Carine Chichereau / Denoël
  • PARCELLE A VENDRE, Samba Arian / Les lettres mouchetées
  • LA LIGNE DE COULEUR, Scego Igiaba, traduit de l’italien par Anaïs Bouteille-Bokobza / Dalva
  • REAL LIFE, Taylor Brandon, traduit de l’anglais par Héloïse Esquié / La croisée ;
  • L’HOMME DE LA MAISON, Traoré Kemgne Abibatou / Présence Africaine ;
  • LES JUMELLES DE LA RUE NICOLAS, Trouillot Evelyne / Editions project’îles
  • LA MAISON EN PIERRE, Tshuma Novuyo Rosa, traduit de l’anglais par : Laurence Kiéfé / Actes sud ;

From these, the reading committee announced the shortlist which features the following work;

  • Saara, Mbarek Ould Beyrouk (éd. Elyzad, Mauritanie)
  • La ligne de couleur, Igiaba Scebo (Dalva édition, trad. par Anaïs Bouteille-Bokobza, Italie/Somalie)
  • Si le soleil se dérobe, Nicole Dennis-Benn (éd. de l’Aube, trad. Benoïte Dauvergne, Jamaïque)
  • Le feu du Milieu, Touhfat Mouhtare (éd. Bruit du monde, Comores)
  • La maison en pierre, Novuyo Tshuma (éd. Actes Sud, trad. Laurence Kiefe, Zimbabwe)

This list will be given to the jury and they will announce a winner in January 2024. The winner of the award will win a cash prize of CHF 6,000 and a work of art worth CHF 3,000 created and offered by the artist Momar Seck. There will also be a purchase of the rights to the award-winning novel by the publishing house Flore Zoa for its reissue and distribution free to young people in African countries where La CENE Littéraire operates.


One response to “Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2023 shortlist announced.”

  1. […] 2023 had a preselection of many books published in the last year and the shortlist from those was announced on November 27. They then gave the shortlist to a jury chaired by Professor Ambroise Kom alongside Adelaide […]

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