Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional

Awards

  • 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


Jalada Africa’s latest edition released today contains a new short story by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o translated into over 30 African languages. This makes it the “single most translated short story in the history of African writing”. The short story was originally written in Kikuyu titled “Ituĩka Rĩa Mũrũngarũ: Kana Kĩrĩa Gĩtũmaga Andũ Mathiĩ Marũngiĩ”, and was translated by Ngũgĩ himself into English as “The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright” - and it is on this version that the other translations are based.

Jalada Africa is Kenya-based Jalada collective and are setting the pace because of late, translations and linguistics have been garnering a lot of attention and this is the first foray into translation for Jalada. Translation Issue: Volume 1 is the culmination of a four-month project, and features collaborative work by professional and amateur translators and language enthusiasts from 14 African countries -  translators, editors, assessors and proofreaders

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Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah is on a roll! She has today made it to the short-list of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Petina is also currently on the long-list of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction - see more here:  2016 longlistFrom today’s announcement, six authors from five countries make up the short-list for this year’s award. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Stationers’ Hall in London on Friday, April 22. The £30,000 award now in its seventh year is also the world’s richest prize for a single short story. 

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 Fiston Mwanza Mujila of the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 for his debut novel Tram 83. The announcement was made last night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. Tram 83 is a story about two friends, one a budding writer home from abroad, the other an ambitious racketeer, who meet in a notorious nightclub, Tram 83,  in a war-torn country in secession, surrounded by profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities. It plunges the reader into the modern African gold rush, cynically and comically, using jazz rhythms to weave a tale of human relationships in a world that has become a global village. The novel which was initially in French has been translated into English by Roland Glasser. Tram 83 has been doing well and is currently on the long-list of this year’s Man Booker International Prize 2016 - which underscores the importance of translation and linguistics.

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PEN International is shocked and deeply saddened by the murder of renowned Syrian poet Mohammad Bashir al-Aani and his son Elyas in Deir al-Zour city by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS). According to Al-Ajani and his son were originally held in an undisclosed locations with 100 others after they attempted to leave an area of the city that was besieged by IS forces. Reports emerged in recent days that both al-Aani and his son were killed after IS accused them of ‘apostasy’.

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 The Man Booker International Prize 2016 long-list is out hot on the heels of the Baileys Women’s Fiction prize long-list! This is the first long-list since the Man Booker International Prize joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is now awarded annually on the basis of a individual book. The Man Booker is divided into two categories: the Man Booker Prize for writers from the British Commonwealth and Ireland, while the Man Booker International Prize is offered to authors from other areas and translators. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. The judges considered 155 entries. This year's list is interesting and intriguing as it contains banned treatises and authors with pseudonyms! DR Congo’s Fiston Mujila has made the longlist that was announced today.  Mujila has been on a roll recently with his debut novel Tram 83 which is also on this year's Etisalat Prize for African Literature short-list and whose winner will be announced next week. Other African writers on the list are Jose Eduardo Agualusa of Angola and Marie Ndiaye. 

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Crucible for Silver ..

Published 2008 ‘Crucible for Silver & Furnace for Gold’ has been hailed as re-writing gender in times of HIV-AIDS in contemporary multi-racial Africa

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Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands is a narration by Kemunto aka Kemu to her three girlfriends. We follow the four young girls as they mature into young ladies on this adventure called life

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The Shark Attack

Kadzo must now spill the beans! Yes, the value of her amputated leg out-weighs that of the thousands, or even millions of shillings earned from peddling and transporting Mono-eye’s cargo

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