Ernis, Cameroonian author, winner of the “Voix d’Afriques” literary prize 2022

Born in Bafoussam in 1994 in Cameroon, Ernis, after studying Philosophy in Yaoundé, started writing. Poet, slammer and author, she won the third edition of the “Voix d’Afriques” literary prize co-founded by RFI and the J.-C. Lattès editions, in partnership with the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She is rewarded for her first novel entitled Like a queen.

Like a queen

“A young woman leaves Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon where she works. She takes the direction of the village of her childhood, where the women of her family raised her, teaching her the rites, the traditions, the history of her family. Since then, she has carried these stories and these gifts within her without knowing what to do with them, her visions reminding her that she belongs to a long line of powerful women. Nothing had prepared her for this return, for the awakening of the visions. , to the words of the elders. To the role she could play in her community.” (Presentation of J.-C. Lattes editions)