- 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
- 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
Who is Moraa Gitaa?
I write for the love of words and because I am a mother first before I play any other role. I am pro-women and pro-children and not apologetic about what I read and write! My greatest inspiration is my daughter Tracy, the Kenyan women, African women and all the women of the world who struggle daily to ensure they provide for their families.
‘Crucible for Silver & Furnace for Gold’ was my debut Adult fiction novel published in Canada by Nsemia Publishers and tackles socio economic issues like HIV-AIDS and the associated stigma, historical land alienation issues in coastal Kenya and negative ethnicity vis-a-vis multi-racial relationships. My second novel ‘Shifting Sands’ was also published by Nsemia Publishers – a tale of 4 girlfriends and coming of age – winner 1st Prize Adult Fiction Category NBDCK (National Book Development Council of Kenya) Literary Awards. In 2014 my YA novella ‘The Shark Attack’ published by Moran Publishers was one of the winners of the Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter - The Shark Attack tackles rampant drug trafficking and drug/substance abuse among the youth in Mombasa and other regions of coastal Kenya. ‘Hila’ my first crime fiction novella was recently published by StoryMoja Publishers and ‘The Con Artist’ a children’s book published by Kenya Literature Bureau.
I have several novels which are works-in-progress (including the raw manuscript short-listed for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing) and I’m also working on my first poetry anthology and a compilation of my various short stories.
Let us keep the literary fire burning! Ahsante sana!