Dr Priscillia M. Manjoh, the Berlin-based author who has just won "The Mount Cameroon Literary Grand Prize 2023"/Photo: Private

Berlin-based writer wins prestigious literary prize in Cameroon

Dr Priscillia M. Manjoh, a Berlin-based author, has been bestowed with “The Mount Cameroon Literary Grand Prize 2023”. The Cameroon-born novelist impressed the jury with her novel Angri leading to her being chosen among the 40 nominees for the prestigious award.

The national prize, under the patronage of the Association of Cameroonian Poets and Writers, was launched in 2022 and honours top-class writers in Cameroon and its diaspora. It is a competition in which renowned authors participate. The jury, which is chaired by the Minister of Justice, is made up of university lecturers in literature and experienced writers.

Manjoh convinced the jury of the award with her latest novel ‘Agri’

This prize, dedicated to novels, short stories, poetry and short stories, promotes the place of literature in Cameroon, a country where football is much more popular.

The famous author Djaili Amal Amadou won the prize last year with her novel ‘Coeur du Sahel’, which translates as ‘The Heart of Sahel’.

Dr Priscillia M. Manjoh holds the prestigious “The Mount Cameroon Literary Grand Prize 2023″/Photo: Private

Born and raised in Cameroon, Priscillia Manjoh came to Germany after completing her Bachelor’s degree in English Studies at the University of Yaounde 1 and completed a Master’s degree in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Postdam and a PhD in Philosophy (Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures) at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Ms Manjoh has taught at Humboldt University, is a research assistant at the University of Wuppertal and also works with non-profit organisations. She is an honorary member of the board of the Cameroonian Council of the Cameroonian Diaspora and chairwoman of I.P.M. eV.

Author of two published novels Snare (2013) and ANGRI (2023), Manjoh is also a filmmaker with a film ‘Sucki’ to her credit.

Vivian Asamoah

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