Fiston Mwanza Mujila wins the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 with debut novel Tram 83
Less than a fortnight since Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016, the Congolese author has won Nigeria’s prestigious Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The award was announced at an elegant celebration in Lagos on Saturday night, with attendees from Nigeria’s literary circle including Aké festival director Lola Shoneyin. Fiston was awarded £15,000 and a place on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.
Tram 83 was originally published in French by Éditions Métailié, with the English translation published by Jacaranda Books in the UK & Ireland, and Deep Vellum in the USA. It has received multiple awards and accolades since its first publication, including the PEN Translates Award 2015, French Voices Award 2014 and the Grand Prix SGDL du Premier Roman 2014.
Congratulations to Fiston Mwanza Mujila and his translator Roland Glasser.