Following the successful launch of its new brand identity, Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, 9mobile, has equally changed the name of its pan-African literary prize to 9mobile Prize for Literature.
The management of the company said that the prize will continue to underscore the unwavering commitment of the brand to the discovery and nurturing of talent.
Announcing this, the Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Boye Olusanya, said: “9mobile is proud to be at the forefront of promoting creativity and innovation among Nigerians and will continue to support the discovery and growth of home grown talents by creating platforms that help African writers to tell authentic African stories.”
He also said that the call for entries for the 2018 edition of the Prize which was announced on July 3, 2017, remains open until September 18, 2017, after which the Judging Panel will screen the submitted entries to select the books that will make the long list. The entries on the long list will go through the second round of screening in the selection process, and then the judges will announce a shortlist of three finalists ahead of the grand finale/award ceremony in 2018.
The judges for the 2018 edition are Harry Garuba (Chair), Doreen Baingana and Siphiwo Mahala.