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Sisulu biography wins Noma Award 2003

Elinor Sisulu’s biography of Walter and Albertina Sisulu has won the 24th Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, a hat-trick for Cape Town publishers David Philip. The jury described Walter and Albertina Sisulu. In Our Lifetime as ‘a compelling account’ of the Sisulus’ long and honourable struggle against apartheid, ‘told with honesty and authority’.

Gabonese and Zimbabwean novels received special commendations: Le Collier de Paille by Khadi Hane (Editions NDZE, Libreville), and The Stone Virgins by Yvonne Vera (Weaver Press, Harare). Honourable mention went to three South African titles, Eilande by D Sleigh (Tafelberg, Kaapstad), Poisonous Plants of South Africa by Ben-Erik van Wyj, Fanie van Heerden & Bosch van Oudtshoorn (Briza Publications, Pretoria), and Field Guide to Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths & Alan Weaving (Struik, Cape Town).

The five-person jury, chaired by Tanzanian publisher Walter Bgoya, included Professor Peter Katjavivi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia, Dr Fatou Keita, University of Cocody, Côte d’Ivoire, Dr Ato Quayson, University of Cambridge, and Jury Secretary Mary Jay. The winners were selected from 113 titles in eight languages, submitted by 71 African publishers from 15 countries. The annual $10,000 award is sponsored by Japanese publishers Kodansha Ltd.

posted 23/10/03


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