The 2018 winners of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature will be honoured at the University of Dar es Salaam on Friday, February 15th, 2019. The Tanzanian Zainab Alwi Baharoon and the Kenyan Jacob Ngumbau Julius will receive $5,000 each for the their award-winning books.
Zainab Alwi Baharoon won the prize in the fiction category for her novel, “Mungu Hakopeshwi” andJacob Ngumbau Julius won for his Poetry collection titled “Moto wa Kifuu.”
The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature “has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages.” It is Co-founded by Dr. Lizzy Attree and Mukoma Wa Ngugi.
The 2018 Judges are Ahmad Kipacha, a Lecturer of Research Communication with the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Tanzania, Natalie Arnold Koenings, a fiction writer, Swahili and English literary translator, and anthropologist at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, USA, and Rocha Chimerah, Professor of Kiswahili Linguistics at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya, a literary critic and novelist.
The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize is 15,000 dollar prize awarded to the best unpublished manuscripts, “or books published within two years of the award year, across the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels.” Only 2 first prize winners in each category were selected this year.
The ceremony is organized by ALAF Ltd, a member of the Safal Group.