Chris Okemwa

Chris Okemwa is Kenyan Burt Award 2015 winner

Chris Okemwa was announced the winner of this year’s Burt Award 2015 at an invite-only ceremony at the Kempinski Nairobi on Friday night. He won the award which is aimed at literature for young adults for his manuscript titled Sabina and the Ogre.

Okemwa isn’t new to the winning game. He was the 2002 Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, presented by the International Library of Poetry, and the 2006 Changamoto Arts Fund award for the performance of his poetry in Secondary Schools in Kenya.

He also has published three collections of poetry: Toxic Love, The Gong. (Nsemia Inc., 2009) and a bilingual (English/French) on-line poetry book, Purgatorius Ignis (Racours Au Poeme, France). Okemwa has a collection of short-stories, Chubot, the Cursed One and Other Stories (2009, Nsemia Inc. Publishers); Riddles of the Abagusii People of Kenya: Gems of Wisdom from the African Continent (Nsemia Inc. 2011); and the oral text, The Proverbs of the Abagusii People of Kenya: Meaning & Application (Nsemia Inc. 2012). His other works include children’s stories: The Village Queen, The Visitor at the Gate, and Let Us Keep Tiger (Paulines Africa). The latter was nominated for Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 2011.

Okemwa is an accomplished playwright and performance poet and runs the Kistrech International Poetry Festival.

Comments

6 responses to “Chris Okemwa is Kenyan Burt Award 2015 winner”

  1. christopher Okemwa avatar

    Dear James,
    I am so pleased to read what you have wriitten about me. I didn’t know this blog existed
    . Keep promoting literature as you are doing. God bless. Christopher Okemwa. chris@okemwa.com

  2. BM’s POETS OF THE WEEK – Bagus Mutendi

    […] him out here, here and […]

  3. […] with writers going home with thousands of Canadian dollars. Previous winners of this prize include Chris Okemwa (2015), Elizabeth Kibui (2014), Argwings Otieno (2013) and Antony Mugo […]

  4. […] following years.  In Kenya some of the previous winners of the awards are Alice Muthoni (2016), Chris Okemwa (2015), Elizabeth Kibui (2014), Argwings Otieno (2013) and Antony Mugo […]

  5. […] Ghana since 2018. In Kenya, the winners of the awards in previous years were Nicholas Kamau (2016), Chris Okemwa (2015),  Elizabeth Kibui (2014), Argwings Otieno (2013) and Antony Mugo […]

  6. […] Ghana since 2018. In Kenya, the winners of the awards in previous years were Nicholas Kamau (2016), Chris Okemwa (2015),  Elizabeth Kibui (2014), Argwings Otieno (2013) and Antony Mugo […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.