By ‘Dayo Showemimo
South African author Songeziwe Mahlangu has won the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his debut fiction Penumbra.
Songeziwe edged out two other finalists Nadia Davids and Chinelo Okparanta to smile home with the £15 000 prize money and bragging rights as the winner of the second edition of the awards. In addition, he also gets an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and a fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Prof Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland, while Etisalat will also buy 1 000 copies of each shortlisted book.
Songeziwe Mahlangu was born in 1985. He matriculated from Dale College, in King William’s Town, and went on to do a business science degree at the University of Cape Town. He returned to university to do a Masters degree in Creative Writing at Rhodes, Grahamstown, in 2011. Penumbra is the end result of that degree and his first novel. Songeziwe currently lives in East London and works at a large accountancy firm.
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