The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards
Each year, the Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds award prizes to emerging talented voices in fiction, film and art. The winner in each category gets $40, 000, while 2 runners-up take $5, 000 each. At the inaugural award in 2015, Nigeria’s Chigozie Obioma won the fiction award for his debut novel, ‘The Fishermen’.
The 2016 long-list, announced in June, was drawn from over 797 entries from 64 emerging-market countries, as defined by the World Bank Atlas Method. This year, the art (painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, mixed media) category, was open to artists from Africa and the Middle-East. 393 entries from 35 countries were received, 10 artists were long-listed which included nine Africans and a Jordanian, Noor Abuarafeh.
Africans take over the art category
The African artists on the lists are Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Democratic Republic of Congo; Victor Ehikhamenor, Nigeria; Aicha Filali, Tunisia; Ilan Godfrey, South Africa; Syowia Kyambi, Kenya; Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Kenya; Emo de Medeiros, Benin; Gareth Nyandoro, Zimbabwe and Abel Tilahun, Ethiopia.
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The shortlist will be announced on 5 August and winners will be announced on 26 September at an awards ceremony in New York City. Before then, have a look at the amazing works by some of the African artists that made the long-list.