Category: Kiswahili

  • Tuzo Nyerere 2024 winners announced in Dar es Salaam

    Tuzo Nyerere 2024 winners announced in Dar es Salaam

    Mohamed Omar Juma, Laura Pettie Kisswaka, and Blandina Isabela Lucas won in their categories in a ceremony at Tuzo Nyerere 2024 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Saturday, April 13, 2024. President Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s founding president from 1964–1985, was famous for writing numerous political texts like Ujamaa (1968) and Freedom and Socialism (1969). He…

  • Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2023 winners announced

    Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2023 winners announced

    Fatuma Salim and Philipo Oyaro were announced winners of the Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature in Nairobi on Friday, February 9, 2024. The Safal Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature celebrates writing in poetry and prose in the Kiswahili language. It is supported by Safal Group, through its subsidiaries Mabati Rolling Mills of Kenya…

  • Tuzo Nyerere winners feted in Dar es Salaam

    Tuzo Nyerere winners feted in Dar es Salaam

    The winners of the inaugural literary prize Tuzo Nyerere were announced in a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on April 13, 2023. Former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano was guest of honour at the event. President Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s founding president from 1964–1985, was famous for writing numerous political texts like Ujamaa (1968) and Freedom…

  • Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2022 shortlist announced

    Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2022 shortlist announced

    The shortlisted manuscripts of the Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature have been announced today, Tuesday, January 10, 2022. The Safal Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature, formerly the Mabati-Cornell Prize, recognises writing in poetry and prose in the Kiswahili language. It is supported by Safal Group, through its subsidiaries Mabati Rolling Mills of Kenya…

  • Katama Mkangi’s Walenisi among PEN/Heim grant recipients 2023

    Katama Mkangi’s Walenisi among PEN/Heim grant recipients 2023

    Katama Mkangi’s Walenisi, to be translated by Richard Prins’, is among the PEN America literary grant recipients 2023 announced on November 16, 2022. PEN America’s Literary Translation Fund awards grants to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English. It is juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, translators, and critics…

  • Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2021 winners announced.

    Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2021 winners announced.

    The winners of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2021 were announced at a ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, sponsored by Madison Group, celebrates Kenyan writers in the categories of fiction for adults, youth (young adults), and children in English and Kiswahili every two years.…

  • Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2021 shortlists announced.

    Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2021 shortlists announced.

    The shortlists for the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2021 have been revealed by the Kenya Publishers Association today, September 19, 2022. The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature celebrates Kenyan writers in the categories of fiction for adults, youth (young adults), and children in English and Kiswahili every two years. The awards, running since 1972,…

  • Hekaya Arts Initiative Kiswahili Writing Competition Winners announced.

    Hekaya Arts Initiative Kiswahili Writing Competition Winners announced.

    Florence Chanya Mwaita, Omar Kibulanga, and Elias B. Shelukindo are the winners of the Hekaya Arts Initiative Kiswahili Writing Competition, supported by Common Voice. The announcement was made on May 19, 2022. Hekaya Arts Initiative is a Mombasa, Kenya-based arts organisation that seeks to elevate literature from the Indian Ocean coast. Their most famous initiative…

  • Swahili Literary Festival 2022 is set for Mombasa, Kilifi in March.

    Swahili Literary Festival 2022 is set for Mombasa, Kilifi in March.

    The Swahili Literary Festival 2022 is set to happen in Mombasa and Kilifi, Kenya from March 18-20, 2022. The festival theme is “Exploring language(s) and Boundaries.” The announcement was made on February 10, 2022. In March 2019, the Hekaya Initiative organised the Swahili Literary Festival in Mombasa. It featured panels covering issues of interest to…

  • Nyabola Prize for Science and Speculative Fiction 2021 shortlist announced.

    Nyabola Prize for Science and Speculative Fiction 2021 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Nyabola Prize for Science and Speculative Fiction in Kiswahili 2021 was announced today, November 17, 2021. The Nyabola Prize for Science and Speculative Fiction in Kiswahili was founded to recognise short fiction with the intention of promoting the vocabulary of science and technology in Kiswahili in 2021. Writers were encouraged to…

  • PEN America gives translation grant for Euphrase Kezilahabi’s “Rosa Mistika.”

    PEN America gives translation grant for Euphrase Kezilahabi’s “Rosa Mistika.”

    Euphrase Kezilahabi’s Rosa Mistika is one of the works given a translation grant by PEN America. The revelation was made on September 15, 2021. PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants were established by PEN America following a gift of $730,000 by Michael Henry Heim, a noted literary translator in 2003. Heim believed that there was a ‘dismayingly…

  • Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2021 judges unveiled.

    Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2021 judges unveiled.

    The judges for the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2021, unveiled on August 2, are Prof. Aldin K. Mutembei, Dr. Salma Omar and Dr. Joseph Nyehita Maitaria. Prof. Rocha Chimerah and Dr. Hamisi Babusa will judge The Nyabola Prize, a special 2021 award for youth writing science fiction and speculative fiction in Kiswahili, for…

  • Swahili Literary Festival 2021, celebrating women, kicks off in Mombasa.

    Swahili Literary Festival 2021, celebrating women, kicks off in Mombasa.

    The Swahili Literary Festival 2021 which happens at the Kilindini Cultural Centre, Mombasa kicked off today and runs until March 8, 2021. The festival theme is “celebrating women.” The Hekaya Initiative organised the Swahili Literary Festival in Mombasa at the SwahiliPot Hub in 2019. In a first for that part of Kenya, there were panels…

  • Kendeka Prize for African Literature, Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize seek entries.

    Kendeka Prize for African Literature, Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize seek entries.

    East African based prizes, Kendeka Prize for African Literature, and the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature have made call outs for unpublished work. Kendeka Prize for African Literature The Kendeka Prize for African Literature started accepting entries from February 1 for its 2021 edition. The new prize is an initiative of Andrew Maina,…

  • Kiswahili Day at Afrolit Sans Frontières African Languages Edition.

    Kiswahili Day at Afrolit Sans Frontières African Languages Edition.

    Kiswahili was the first language featured at the Afrolit Sans Frontières African Languages Edition on October 26, 2020. Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. There have been five editions running since it…