Zimbabwe has a long history of producing great literary works and authors, and it seems that this history is being continued by the current generation of writers. Two Zimbabwean authors are shortlisted for the 2021 African Writers’ Awards. In their fourth year of existence, the Literary Awards annually celebrate writers in the poetry, creative non-fiction and theater categories.
The 2021 edition is placed under the theme “The future of Africa”. Winners in each of the three genres will individually receive US $ 100 and a certificate. It will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Members of the jury chaired by Anthony Onugba include Gankhanani Moffat Moyo (Zambia), Sabah Carrim (Mauritius), Comfort Nyati, SDB (Zimbabwe), Nabilah Usman (Nigeria) and Temani Nkalolang (Botswana).
Since the awards started in 2018, Zimbabwe does not yet have a winner in any category. This year Peter Zowa and Nathaniel Mpofu are nominated in two of the four categories:
Adetutu by Adedoyin Adetutu (Nigeria)
Cultural partnership for a common African future by Saliha Haddad (Algeria)
Is it a legacy by Oluchi B. Kolanisi (South Africa)
Long live the comrade by Peter Zowa (Zimbabwe)
What our tales imply by Jesse Bitrus Danjuma (Nigeria)
Whispers of the African Sun by Enoch Akinlabi (Nigeria)
Children’s Literature Prize
Akaa and the mango tree by Chipalo Salimu (Zambia)
Kodjo braves a salute by Temidayo Odutokun (Nigeria)
Tea time with Tito by StÃ©phanie Chizoba Odili (Nigeria)
The enchanted feather by Nathaniel Z Mpofu (Zimbabwe)
The millionaire orphan by Makhago Peter (Uganda)
What does it mean to be nice anyway by Kendi Karimi (Kenya)
The winners will be announced on October 9 at the 4th African Writers‘ Conference (AWC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The talk will be webcast live on Writers Space Africa’s social media pages and on their website.
The AWC is being organized this year in partnership with the Department of Literature at the University of Dar, the Alliance franÃ§aise de Dar Es Salaam and African Tales. This is made possible through the sponsorship of Feza Schools, Fintengo Schools, Our Son’s Bakery and Writers Space Africa.
The conference is supported by Ijemo Gallery, Africa in Dialogue, Brittle Paper, Southern Writers Bureau, Rosebud Editing & Proofreading, Self-Ish, Writers Guild Kenya, Kalulu Kreativez, The Roaring Writer, Color Culture Arts, Authorship and Career Network, Nib Hub , Sotrane Publishers, 23.35 Africa, the International Association of African Writers and the African Writers Development Trust. – Gourmet South.