Sony Labou Tansi

Sony Lab’ou Tansi (5 July 1947 – 14 June 1995), born Marcel Ntsoni, was a Congolese novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and poet. Though he was only 47 when he died, Tansi remains one of the most prolific African writers and the most internationally renowned practitioner of the “New African Writing.” His novel The Antipeople won the Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire. In his later years, he ran a theatrical company in Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo.