First black African woman nominated for Booker Prize
LONDON (AFP) - Zimbabwe's NoViolet Bulawayo on Tuesday became the first black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, for her tale of a 10-year-old girl who escapes poverty at home only to find new problems in the United States.
Ms Bulawayo was nominated for her novel We Need New Names, which follows the girl's decision to leave a shanty town in Zimbabwe and move to live with an aunt in the US.
The author, whose real name is Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, is also the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the prestigious prize.
She will be the fourth African winner if she triumphs on October 15.