African Development Trust Shortlist for 2018 African Writers Award has been released

African Development Trust Shortlist for 2018 African Writers Award has been released

A short-list for the 2018 African Writers Award  by African Writers Development Trust (AWD) has been released.The award categories  are Short stories,Flash fiction  and Poetry.The short-list on Short-stories,Flash fiction and Poetry has 10 names,while children’s literature has 5 names .Releasing the short list,the African Writers Award noted that there were  few entries for children’s literature compared to the other genres.

‘This shows that there is a dearth of Children’s literature writers from Africa. Perhaps, it is worth considering’ said  Nahida Esmail, Tanzania

Below are the shortlisted entries and their authors

Children’s literature: 

  1. Onyekachi Eberechi Grace (Nigeria) for ‘Freedom Is at the Bank of the River.’
  2. Manu Herbstein  (Ghana) for ‘Roise-Awa.’
  3. Maryam Awaisu (Nigeria) for ‘Ms Joana’s Rules.’
  4. Jo Allen (Kenya) for ‘Who Can Stop the Rain.’
  5. Anierobi Ginikachi Maria (Nigeria) for ‘Destined for Greatness.’

Short Stories

  1. Nana Ama Gyemaah Otuahene (Ghana) for ‘The merchandise.’
  2. Temwai Mgundu (Malawi) for ‘A Dance in the Dark.’
  3. Odinegwa Onmwamere (Nigeria) for ‘My Mother’s 4th pregnancy.’
  4. Musak Worneh (Ethiopia) for ‘Anathema.’
  5. Munira Hessein (Kenya) for ‘The power of the Wind.’
  6. Philani Amadeas Nyoni (Zimbabwe) for ‘Celestial Incest.’
  7. Aisha M. Umar (Nigeria) for ‘Binle’s Emerald. ‘
  8. Ben Mugo (Kenya) for ‘Dawn.’
  9. Mazabu Mwanga (Zambia) for ‘Till Death.’
  10. Mema Daisy Ojukwu (Nigeria) for ‘A Woman Now.’

Flash fiction

  1. Nana Ama Gyemaah Otuahene (Ghana) for ‘The merchandise.’
  2. Temwai Mgundu (Malawi) for ‘A Dance in the Dark.’
  3. Odinegwa Onmwamere (Nigeria) for ‘My Mother’s 4th pregnancy.’
  4. Musak Worneh (Ethiopia) for ‘Anathema.’
  5. Munira Hessein (Kenya) for ‘The power of the Wind.’
  6. Philani Amadeas Nyoni (Zimbabwe) for ‘Celestial Incest.’
  7. Aisha M. Umar (Nigeria) for ‘Binle’s Emerald. ‘
  8. Ben Mugo (Kenya) for ‘Dawn.’
  9. Mazabu Mwanga (Zambia) for ‘Till Death.’
  10. Mema Daisy Ojukwu (Nigeria) for ‘A Woman Now.’

Poetry

  1. Petronella Nyirenda (Zambia) for ‘Beauty.’
  2. Oscar Sogli (Ghana) for ‘Dowry of Education.’
  3. Chiamaka Pamela Ofoma (Nigeria) for ‘Reachout.’
  4. Kofi Acquah (Ghana) for ‘Young and Green.’
  5. Joseph Olamide Babalola (Nigeria) for ‘Penned.’
  6. Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah (Ghana) for ‘Sometimes Being Beautiful [a Girl] is the Only Way to Escape Fire.’
  7. Adedokun Amar-Sobur (Nigeria) for ‘Cornrows.’
  8. Bijou Mwaura (Mauritius) for ‘Know Your Worth Girl Child.’
  9. Chiamaka Onu-Okpara (Nigeria) for ‘A Battle Cry to be Read Loudly and Softly.’
  10. Jesutoni Akoni (Nigeria) for ‘Obinrin.’

The winners will be  announced and awarded  during the 2018 African Writers Award Dinner  at the International Conference Centre, Abuja at 5:30 PM.

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The Miles Morland Foundation scholarship shortlist released !

The Miles Morland Foundation scholarship shortlist released !

The The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the Shortlist for the 2018 Morland Writing Scholarships.

‘ Of the twenty names, five are from Nigeria, four from Kenya, four from South Africa and one each from Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia and Zimbabwe’  the foundation announced.

The foundation offers a scholarship £ 18000 to fiction  writer ,the  sum is released over course  of  12 months, and  £27,000 to  non-fiction writer  over the course eighteen months, in case  they need to carry additional research.

The foundation on announced that nearly 550 applications were received this year from 27 countries. Morland Foundation noted that the standard of entries was the highest yet. The proposals, both fiction and non-fiction, were incredibly rich and diverse and the quality of writing extremely impressive.

Below is the shortlist   of 20:

  1. Heran Abate – Ethiopia.
  2. Pwaangulongii Dauod – Nigeria.
  3. Edwige Dro – Cote D’Ivoire.
  4. Dare Segun Falowo – Nigeria.
  5. Muthoni Gichuru – Kenya.
  6. Shubnum Khan – South Africa.
  7. Jacqui L’Ange – South Africa.
  8. Idza Luhumyo – Kenya.
  9. Sibabalwe Masinyana – South Africa.
  10. Marcelle Mateki Akita – Ghana.
  11. Howard Me-Bug – Cameroon.
  12. Pulane Mpondo – South Africa.
  13. Wairimu Muriithi – Kenya.
  14. Siphiwe Ndlovu – Zimbabwe.
  15. Olufunke Ogundimu – Nigeria.
  16. Makena Onjerika – Kenya.
  17. Mary Ononokpono – Nigeria.
  18. Yovanka Paquete Perdigao – Guinea.
  19. Hassan Santur – Somalia.
  20. Kola Tubosun – Nigeria

On November  26th ,a  panel of judges  will  meet  to select the  2018  scholars. The  panel will  be  composed  Ellah Wakatama Allfrey from Zimbabwe as the chair, Femi Terry from Sierra Leone as assistant chair , and Muthoni Garland from Kenya. Their names will be announced shortly after November 26, 2018.

Miles Moorland be launching another set of scholarships next year.