Kendeka Prize for African Literature Announces Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 Kendeka Prize for African Literature is announced today, Wednesday 15th September, 2021.

The five stories on this inaugural short list were chosen from the list of the thirteen long listed by a panel of three Judges chaired by Lucas Wafula, a Kenyan, the Editor-in-chief, and CEO, Booklyst Press Limited. He is also a Director and Lead Facilitator at Global Editorial Centre-KE. Also in the panel is Edwige Renée Dro, a writer, a literary translator and a literary activist from Côte d’Ivoire.

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The third judge is Remy Ngamije, a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer, the founder, and the administrator of Doek. He won the Africa Regional Prize of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2021. The list was chosen from 23 African nations.

 2021 Shortlisted stories (in no particular order)

  1. Time And Bodies by Ekemini Udo Pius, Nigeria
  2. Au Pair by Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe, Nigeria
  3. The Women of Atinga House by Fatima Okhousami, Nigeria
  4. The Painting From A Country In Europe by Azeeza Adeowu, Nigeria
  5. Water For Wine by Jenny Robson, Botswana

Read the Biography of the Authors here.

The top three winners shall be announced during the award ceremony to be held on the 25th September, 2021, at Fourteen Falls Leisure Lodge, Thika, Kenya, starting at 2.15 pm in FULL observance of Covid 19 Protocols. The ceremony shall be LIVE both in Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/kendekaprize/live_videos/ and in Youtube on https://youtu.be/iPsYErmLJDY . For details visit www.kendekaprize.com .

The first Prize is Kshs 100,000, the second and the third prizes are Kshs 50,000 and 25,000 respectively.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature is an initiative by Andrew Maina, a Kenyan writer through Solano Publications Limited. It aims at encouraging Africans to write and read more. In participating in this contest, new talents have been discovered and when nurtured, can be great writers perhaps following in the footsteps of Ngugi Wa Thiongo, CamaraLaye and Chimamanda Ngozi Andichie among others.

The Prize is ran by an Advisory Board chaired by James Murua. Other members are Andrew Maina, Dr. Tom Odhiambo, Muthoni wa Gichuru, Mercy Kiragu, Patrick Gatobu and William Mureithi.

Andrew Maina
Kendeka Prize for African Literature
Thika, Kenya


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