Prix Orange du Livre en Afrique 2024 finalists announced

Prix Orange du Livre en Afrique 2024 finalists announced

The finalists of Prix Orange du Livre en Afrique 2024 were announced on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Prix Orange du Livre en Afrique (Orange Book Prize in Africa) was set up to reward a fiction text written in French by an African writer from a publishing house based on the continent in 2018. It is organised by the African Cultural Agency alongside the Orange Foundation, the French Institute, UNESCO, OIF, AFD and DHL. Previous winners have been Michele Rakotoson, Djaïli Amadou Amal, Youssouf Amine Elalamy, and Yamen Manai.

The jury for 2024 is yet again chaired by author and academic Veronique Tadjo alongside Yvan Amar (Radio France journalist), Kidi Bebey (Le Monde journalist, publisher and author, France), Yahia Belaskri (writer and journalist, Algeria), Mamadou Camara (novelist and president of the association “LesFRIDIS DU LIVRE”, Senegal ), Eugène Ebodé (writer, Cameroon), Prudentienne Houngnibo Gbaguidi (vice-president of the AILF, Benin), Valérie Marin la Meslée (journalist, Le Point, France), Nicolas Michel (journalist Jeune Afrique, France), Nétonon Noël Ndékéry (author, Chad), Gabriel Mwènè Okoundji (psychologist and poet, Congo), Ariane Poissonnier (RFI journalist, France), and Yamen Manai (2022 winner, Tunisia).

The finalists for the award were revealed on Thursday and they are;

  • Percussions, Angelo Bayock (Cameroon) published by La Croise des Chemins
  • Siqal, l’antre de l’ogresse, Mouha Harmel (Tunisia) published by Déméter
  • Le Psychanalyste De Brazzaville, Dibakana Mankessi (Congo) published by Les Lettres Moutées
  • #ZaKoa, Hary Rabary (Madagascar) published by Dodo Vole
  • Je jalouse la brise du sud sur ton visage, Meryem Sellami (Tunisia) published by Cérès

The finalists will participate in the International Publishing and Book Fair (SIEL) in Rabat before a winner, who goes home with a €10,000 cash prize, is selected in June.

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