Four winners were announced for the 2019 African Writers Awards (AWA) in Nairobi, Kenya, where a Nigerian, Eme Ogbu, won in the children’s literature category for ‘The Zappinator.’
The African Writers Conference brings together writers of African descent. The first edition of the African Writers Development Trust event was hosted in Abuja, Nigeria in 2018 and the second was hosted in Nairobi, Kenya this year.
The award was judged by Nahida Esmail, Adah Bitiah Chembo, Kolabomi Adeko, and Sabah Carrim. In the flash fiction category, Botswana’s Temani Nkalolang won for ‘Breaking the Norm; Ungrateful Girl.’ Zambia’s Andrea B Matambo in the poetry category for ‘Pongwe’s Life’ and Botswana’s Priscillar Matara for ‘Hiding’ (short stories).
The Wakini Kuria Award for African Literature (Children’s Literature) was created in honour of Charity Wakini Kuria who was a writer and Chief Editor of Writers Space Africa Magazine. The first winner of the award is Marjorie Moono Simuyuni of Zambia.