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Meet the Four Winners of the 2018 Miles Morland Scholarships


Four writers have been announced as the winners of the 2018 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. Cote D’Ivoire’s Edwige Dro and Nigeria’s Kola Tubosun won for nonfiction, and South Africa’s Sibabalwe Masinyana and Zimbabwe’s Siphiwe Ndlovu won for fiction. They were chosen from a shortlist of 20 announced in November, which had itself been chosen from over 550 entries from 27 countries—including Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia, and Zimbabwe.

Here are the winning writers’ book proposals as revealed in the announcement:
Kola Tubosun will follow in the footsteps of a giant with “Soyinka in the Bush,” a genre-bending biography of the Nigerian Nobel laureate that will focus on Soyinka’s love of nature and his work in restoring natural habitats, all the while paying tribute to the great body of work Soyinka has gifted the world.

Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana’s novel “The House of the Apostate” will be an exploration of faith, identity and love set in South Africa. His proposal promises a literary novel of ambition and courage.

Edwidge Renée Dro’s non-fiction book will bring to the world the extraordinary life of anti-colonial fighter Marie Sery Kore. In this book about a heroine with a complicated history, Dro will tell a pivotal point in the history of Cote D’Ivoire.

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu will write “The Murder of Emile Coetzee.” In this crime novel, the writer delicately dissects the brutal realities of the third Chimurenga and promises us an introduction to a black detective, a tangled mystery, and nuanced reflection on motivation and loyalty in a time of conflict.”
The three judges for the scholarships are Ellah Allfrey, Olufemi Terry, and Muthoni Garland. 

“This was perhaps the most challenging – and most rewarding – judging panel we’ve had, with a wide range of submissions that reflected astonishing imagination, dedication to craft and breadth of subject matter of approach,” Ellah Allfrey said. “The four Scholars we have chosen each promise books that will be read across Africa and beyond.” 

Also commenting on the winners was Miles Morland, writer and founder of the Miles Morland Foundation:
“All twenty people on the shortlist are capable of writing terrific books. The four judges have chosen are special. I’m delighted that all four winners live in Africa and all four book proposals are books about Africa. Africa is a continent of stories and few people can tell them better than our new Scholars. I also want to say a special thank you to our three judges, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Muthoni Garland, and Femi Terry. They look under the surface in making their choices and Ellah is a brilliant chair.”