- 2014 Burt Award for African Literature Nominee/Short-listed
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
2014 Burt Award for African Literature (Kenya Chapter) Winners Feted
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 29 September 2014
Moraa Gitaa with her cheque and dummy of winning title 'The Shark Attack'
It was pomp and Glamour at the Sankara Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi when the Burt Award for African Literature 2014 winners were feted.
Yours truly was Second Runners up and I thank God for His grace as this was my first attempt at YA fiction - I'm so used to penning adult treatises!
I dedicate my win to my father Ishmael Gitaa Orobo who passed on early this month. He inculcated a reading culture in my family and nurtured our creativity and writing. May he rest in peace.
The three nominees had been announced in March and went back to work on the raw manuscripts with their editors and Judges. On Saturday 26 September 2014 the winners were announced as:
1st place - Elizabeth Kibui - Was Nyakeeru My Father? (Initially it had been titled as 'The Choice') - Longhorn Publishers - Can $ 9,000 (Kes 780,000.00)
1st Runners Up - Anthony Mugo - Ask the Stars - Longhorn Publishers - Can $ 7,000 (Kes 610,000.00)
2nd Runners Up - Moraa Gitaa - The Shark Attack - Moran Publishers - Can $ 5,000 (Kes 435,000.00)
William Burt the Canadian philanthropist sponsoring the awards has been highly commended by critics and Kenyans asked to come forward and support Kenyan writers with better awards.
The award is administered in Kenya by the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) in collaboration with the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE).
Read more about the awards here - http://www.nationalbookcouncilkenya.org/