The names of the three finalists of the first edition of the Prix Nnanga Kon – exclusively open to Cameroonian writers residing in Cameroon – are well known and include two poets and a novelist.
These three pearls were chosen from more than twenty books by local authors selected in the Belles-Lettres category of the 2016 edition of the Grands Prix des Associations Littéraires (GPAL).
There is Lorraine Mirèle Manga, in competition with her collection of poems entitled “Pensées cadencées” (presented at the GPAL 2016 by the Salon du Livre); Djhamidi Bond, in competition with his novel “8clos” (presented to the GPAL 2016 by the Unesco Club of the University of Yaoundé I) and Anne Rachel Aboyoyo, in competition with her collection of poems entitled “Les graines du Silence” Presented at the GPAL 2016 by the Literary Grenier).
The Prix Nnanga Kon, eponymous to the first novel written by a Cameroonian, Jean Louis Njemba Medou, in 1932 is given every year to shed light on a Cameroonian writer, resident in Cameroon, and having published a book of scale. The authors must have been pre-selected to the GPALs, who supervise and support the Nnanga Kon Committee.