Omotoso, Yewande


2013-14 Etisalat Fellowship

The inaugural winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature was NoViolet Bulawayo for her novel We Need New Names, who gifted the fellowship to the runner-up Yewande Omotoso. 


Yewande was born in Barbados, grew up in Nigeria and currently lives in Johannesburg. She trained as an architect at the University of Cape Town, where she later returned to take an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel Bom Boy was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Literary Awards, the MNet Film Award, as well as being runner-up for the 2013 Etisalat Prize. It won the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize. Her short stories have been published in Speaking for the Generation: Contemporary Stories from Africa and The Kalahari Review. Her poetry has appeared in the Baobab Literary Journal, and ‘The Rain' was shortlisted for the 2012 Sol Plaatjie European Union Poetry Awards. In 2013 she was selected as the Norman Mailer Fellow and as one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans.