MxA announces its second “Africa with an Ñ” literary contest


MxA announces its second “Africa with an Ñ” literary contest

  • The contest is aimed at female African authors who write in Spanish. It is part of the foundation’s programme that aims to promote the use and teaching of our language in Africa.
  • There is a prize of €5,000 for each of the best works in the categories of narrative and research work.

Monday, 24th April, 2017. The Women for Africa Foundation has announced the second “Africa with an Ñ” literary contest, aimed at recognising and raising the visibility of African women who write in Spanish.

The initiative was launched last year. There is a €5,000 prize for the best work in each of the contest’s two categories: narrative and research work into Spanish in Africa.

African women interested in the contest can take part as of today until 15th September 2017 via the website The decision shall be taken by the jury, which is made up of the writers Belén Gopegui, Laura Freixas and Najat el Hachmi, for narrative, and the Hispanists Carolyn Richmond, Ana Rodríguez Fischer and Emilia Velasco, for the research work. It will be announced in October. 

In the first edition held last year, authors from 11 different African countries took part (Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria and Senegal). The winning narrative was “The Bridge of Life” by the Equatorial Guinean Julia Raquel Alene Ngomo Afang, while the Cameroonian Lorraine Mbessa Ndzana won the research work prize for the text on Spanish teaching in her country.

With this initiative, the Women for Africa Foundation joins in the celebration of World Book Day and the anniversary of the death of Cervantes. The contest is part of MxA’s project of the same name (“Africa with an Ñ”), aimed at fostering the study and teaching of Spanish in Africa as a tool for development, especially through women.

There are currently 500 million Spanish speakers and about 21 million people studying it in over 100 countries, of whom over one and a half million are in Sub-Saharan Africa, making it the third region in the world in teaching this language, behind only America and Europe. According to recent reports, in Benin there are over 400,000 students of Spanish; in Ivory Coast there are 300,000; and in countries such as Senegal and Cameroon there are about 100,000 students of Spanish.

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