GPLA 2017Winners: Macaire Etty, Ebenezer Billé and Georges Moukouti

GPLA 2017 Winners

The new laureates of the Grand Prix of Literary Associations (GPLA) were revealed and enthroned last Monday at the French Institute of Cameroon in Yaoundé.

In the Research categrory, “Hispanoamérica: visión contemporánea”, the Spanish written work co-authored by two Cameroonians, Professors Ebenezer Billé and Georges Moukouti won the trophy. They replace the former laureate, Senegalese writer Felwine Sarr, author of “Afrotopia”.

In the Belles-Lettres category, Ivorian writer Macaire Etty was awarded with his epic poetry “La geste de Bréké”. He succeeds Eric Mendi, author of the novel “Afane: Forêt Equatoriale”.

Edward Burghardt Du Bois, also known as WEB DU BOIS was recalled to memories with the Grand Prix de la Mémoire 2017. WEB Du Bois was an African-American writer, poet and civil rights activist. He advocated Pan-Africanism and a back to roots ideology for the African-Amercian community, and lived in accordance with his philosophy. Born in the USA (Massachusetts) in 1868, Du Bois died at age 95 in Ghana in 1963.

The Grand Prix des Mecenes as previously announced went to Malian author Seydou Badian Kouyaté. His son, Mr Kouyaté Moctar Seydou made the journey from Bamako, Mali, to collect his father’sprize at the GPLA 2017 Awards ceremony in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The 2017 Asso-Prize went to Maison de la Culture Québec-Cameroun, as a tribute for their engagement for promoting reading and Literature. Maison de la Culture Québec-Cameroun is an association based in Ebolowa, in SouthernC ameroon, and was created in 2001 on the initiative of Canadian born Mrs Chantal Tremblay.

The members of the GPLA 2017 Jury were from many countries and named as follow :

  • Pr. EbénézerNjoh-Mouellé, Président of the  Jury (Author / Academic / former Minister / Current Representative of Cameroon at the Unesco ExecutiveBoard) ;
  •  Dr.Mvondo Wilfried (Teacher–Ecole Normale Supérieure) ; Rémy Durand,fromFrance (Poet, publisher, translator) ;
  •  Agnès Tcheukap (Teacher – Lycée de Ndogpassi Douala) ;
  • Julio Olaciregui, from Colombia (Author, finalist of the GPLA 2014 in the Belles-Lettres Category) ;
  • Dr.Nana Tadoun (Teacher – ENS / Author / Poet) ;
  •  Pr.André-Marie Manga (Teacher – ENS Bertoua) ;
  • Emile Houinsou, fromBenin (Teacher) ;
  • Pr.Magloire Mol Nang(Teacher – University of Yaoundé II – Soa) ;
  • Pr.Monique Nomo (Teacher – ENS).