The jury, unanimously, awarded the National Prize of Literature 2015 to the writer, Africanist, folklorist, ethnologist and researcher, Rogelio Martínez Furé. This award is the most important that gives annually the Cuban Institute of Book to a writer for his contribution to literature, and more generally to Cuba’s culture. Born in Matanzas (Cuba) in 1937 and known for his books on African poetry, including Yoruba, Furé has a very impressive curriculum vitae. Since the 1960s, he has lectured in dozens of countries and he collects medals and special recognitions for his work.
The National Prize for Literature was awarded on February 14, 2016 to Rogelio Martínez Furé at a public ceremony in the 25th International Book Fair of Havana which took place from 11 to 21, February.