The winner of the Orange Foundation’s Orange Book Prize in Africa in 2019 has this year won the Prix Goncourt des lycéens!
The prestigious Prix Goncourt des lycéens (voted for by secondary school students from a list compiled by France’s leading literary body the Académie Goncourt) was awarded to Cameroonian writer, Djaïli Amadou Amal, winner of the Orange Foundation’s Orange Book Prize in Africa in 2019.
“Les impatientes” (The Impatient Ones) by Djaïli Amadou Amal is a wonderful novel about the struggle for female emancipation. A poignant and engrossing work, the Cameroonian author’s novel tells the story of three women confronted with the abuse of forced marriage and the weight of tradition.
The first edition of this novel was published with the title “Munyal, les larmes de la patience” (Munyal, the tears of patience) in 2017, by Proximité in Cameroon.
Djaïli Amadou Amal interviewed for the Orange Foundation this November.
Launched in October 2019, the Orange Book Prize in Africa is awarded to a novel written in French by an African author and released by a publisher based in Africa.
The Orange Book Prize in Africa is part of the mission of the Orange Foundation: to discover and support new authors, to promote knowledge and education for boys and girls in all countries where Orange works, and to reduce inequality by popularising access to culture, education and training, particularly in the digital field.
The Prize is a natural fit for the Orange Foundation’s lecteurs.com website, a genuine social network built around reading, with more 220,000 members.