Sifiso Mzobe beats Nigerian to win Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature 2012!

Sifiso Mzobe

Congrats to South African author Sifiso Mzobe who won the Wole Soyinka Prize for literature 2012 based on his novel “Young Blood”. He beat Bridget Pitt (The Unseen Leopard) and Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (Roses and Bullets) to win the $20,000 prize money.

The novel had already clinched the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and Media24’s Herman Charles Bosman prize for English literature in 2011. A work of fiction, the novel unveils Sipho, a 17 year old male living in Durban’s Umlazi township who drops out of school. At home he aids his father in fixing cars and is surrounded by peers engulfed in the world of greed, gangsterism, and alcohol abuse.

Sifiso seeks to break into America and Europe. Who knows if he heeds to Soyinka’s advice to “sit down and write” he might just become the next big thing to come Out of Africa… or what do you think?

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