Yes, as the headline says, the Africa Region finalists for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize were announced recently, and here in Accra, too! Not too surprisingly, I guess, as the Chair of the Africa Regional jury this year was Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, writer, journalist and most recently editor of The Ghanaian Times newspaper.
The Africa Region winners are:
- Best Book: The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone)
- Best First Book: Happiness is a four-letter word by Cynthia Jele (South Africa)
There was pretty good coverage online here in Ghana, with stories on the Ghana Government website and also on Ghanaweb . OK, some of the headlines were a little unrealistic, or should I say overoptimistic, but still it is something.
And of course the more likely the books will become available to we omnivorous readers of contemporary African literature. I am not surprised at the choice of the Aminatta Forna book; it has had pretty good reviews. I guess I will just have to wait until the Jele book hits the international distribution circuit!