The joint shortlist for the 2016 Writivism Prizes for Short Fiction, Poetry in Translation and Non Fiction have just been announced. Eleven writers from Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast are on the shortlist. Below are the women on the list.
Short Story Prize
Gloria Mwaniga Minage is a high school teacher in Baringo where she also runs a children’s reading club. She is also a freelance writer of literary pieces for The Saturday Nation and The East African newspapers as well as coordinator of Amka, a literary workshop that meets monthly at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi to critique works by budding female writers in Kenya.
Acan Innocent Immaculate is a 20-year old Ugandan pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. Writing has always been her first love and she looks forward to a literary atmosphere where African stories will break the mould even more than they do now.
Laure Gnagbé Blédou is passionate, a woman, lover, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, Africa-ddict, thirty-something, impatient, Ivorian, French, human, reader, speaker, writer, demanding, citizen, vegetarian, traveller, road-trip fan, learner, book-lover, bridge-lover, chocolate-lover, music enthusiast, sharer, feminist, old-school, new-school, journalist.
Non Fiction Prize
Ama Asantewa Diaka is an editor, writer, designer, contemplating geek and a reader. Once a networking and systems administrator, Ama is the creative director of Yobbings & Alikoto Clothing and programs director of Love Rocks Organization.She usually addresses politics, feminity, societal issues, relationships etc with her creative work.
S.Y Tetteh graduated from Stanford University where she studied Anthropology. She was born in London, but presently resides in Ghana where her family is from. She has worked a lot in documentary film and other creative arts.
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