The first three winners of the 2021 Kendeka Prize for African Literature are as follows;
First Prize; Jenny Robson, Botswana, author of Water For Wine
Second Prize; Fatima Okhousami, Nigeria, author of The Women of Atinga House
Third Prize; Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe, Nigeria, author of Au Pair
The three stories on this inaugural list of winners were chosen from the five short listed stories 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. 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.
The winners were announced during the award ceremony held on the 25th September, 2021, at Fourteen Falls Leisure Lodge, Thika, Kenya. The ceremony was LIVE both in Facebook and on Youtube. 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.
Kendeka Prize for African Literature