The only five African novels so far that have won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book Overall and Best First Book Overall.
Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book Overall
- Heroes by Festus Iyayi Nigeria 1988
- Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee South Africa 2000
- The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna Sierra Leone 2011
Hopefully, we would not have to wait for eleven or twelve whole years before another African novel wins the Best Book Overall.
Have you read any of these three novels? What do you think about the African Winners of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book Overall?
Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book Overall
- Ama by Manu Herbstein Ghana / South Africa 2002
- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Aichie Nigeria 2005
Since 1989 that the winners for Best First Book has been announced, only these two African novels have won the Prize for Best First Book Overall. I am yet to read Ama, I guess it does not have any thing in common with Purple Hibiscus besides the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Finally, Nigeria is the only African country whose writers have won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book Overall and Best First Book Overall with Festus Iyayi and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
For the 2013 Commonwealth Writers' Prize; good luck to our African writers shorlisted. Sarah House by Ifeanyi Ajaegbo (Nigeria), The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria), The Great Agony & Pure Laughter of the Gods by Jamala Safari (South Africa) and Sterile Sky by E.E. Sule (Nigeria).
What are your thoughts?
PS. I realised that the 2013 Commonwealth Writer's Prize Australian shortlisted Beneath the Darkening Sky
Anyway, it would be no deterrent to read his novel. I have already added it to my TBR. Actually, he is the only Australian Commonwealth shortlisted I am rooting for. So said, good luck to him too.
I don't get this one. Are they celebrating some anniversary to warrant the bringing together of books from different years?ReplyDelete
Ama by Manu Herbstein has nothing in common to Purple Hibiscus; I've not read the former but I've listened to the author read from portions of his book and I have it on my shelf.
LOL, it is just me celebrating it on a personal level. You know.. we are in that time of the year again.Delete
I also have Ama on my shelf and I am yet to read it. Why haven't you read it yet?
It's the publisher's fault. They crowd the page and this make the book seem intimidating or difficult to read.
Interesting about Majuk Tulba's use of the name ObinnaReplyDelete
Curious right? Why would he do that?Delete
Many writers have said that Disgrace by J M Coetzee is one of the best books ever. I want to read it;ReplyDelete
Please share your opinion here with us when you read it. I have added it to my TBR. I have not read anty thing from Coetzee yet.
Purple Hibiscus remains my best Chimanmanda read. I love that book so much. I'm yet to read Americanah, though. I've been hearing good things about it and I hope to read it soon. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!
thanks for stopping by. I did not enjoy Purple Hibiscus that much. it's just me. Yeah, I am looking forward to reading Americanah too.
I'm currently reading Americanah, and I'm loving it. It's a good book.Delete
Are you serious? Can't wait to read your review.Delete
Yeah! :) I'm done. Here's the link to my review: http://theartistcreativeforum.blogspot.com/2013/05/book-review-americanah-by-chimamanda.htmlDelete
Obinna in Sudan? WeirdReplyDelete
Yeah, weird indeed. I wonder what "our" Obinna is doing in Sudan.Delete
Not sure about the name Obinna, but my wife's family are Kenyan Luos who are largely related to the various groups of South Sudan (Nilotic peoples). My father-in-law also claims that the Igbo people are somehow also related, but I don't really see it beyond a preponderance of names beginning with 'O'.ReplyDelete
Hello Aaron, people who arent Igbos or descendants of Igbos do not naturally give Obinna as a name to their offsprings. Just as the same way they would not give them Nnamdi, Chikelu, Nneka, and a whole lot of other Igbo names.Delete