2016 Short List Announcement
The prize, founded in 2014 by Dr. Lizzy Attree (Caine Prize Director) and Dr. Mukoma Wa Ngugi (Cornell University) has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages.
The short list for the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature was announced on November 7th 2016 by the board chair, Abdilatif Abdalla. The shortlisted authors are:
• Idrissa Haji Abdalla for Kilio Cha Mwanamke (fiction)
• Ahmed Hussein Ahmed for Haile Ngoma Ya Wana (poetry)
• Ally Hilal for Mmeza Fupa (fiction)
• Hussein Wamaywa for Mkakati wa Kuelekea Ikulu (fiction) and Moyo Wangu Unaungua (fiction)
• Richard Atuti Nyabuya for Umalenga Wa Nyanda Za Juu (poetry)
Selected from 20 entries the manuscripts were read by 3 judges:
Prof. Rayya Timammy – Associate Professor – Dept. of Kiswahili, Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi.
Shani Omari – Senior Lecturer – Dept. of Literature, Communication and Publishing at the Institute of Kiswahili Studies, University of Dar es Salaam,
Joshua S. Madumulla – Associate Professor of Literature – Tumaini University, Iringa.
The judges said of the short listed writers that they shared talent and imagination that led them to create beautiful works of outstanding literary innovation.
The $15,000 prize is awarded to the best unpublished manuscripts or books published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels.
The winning entries are published in Kiswahili by East African Educational Publishers (EAEP). And the best poetry book published in English translation by the Africa Poetry Book Fund.
The winners will be announced in late November.
Notes to Editors
The Prize is supported by Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd of Kenya and ALAF Limited of Tanzania (subsidiaries of Safal Investments Mauritius Ltd), in addition to The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University and the Africana Studies Center at Cornell University.
• Safal Investments Mauritius Ltd. and its subsidiaries (which include Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd of Kenya and ALAF Limited in Tanzania) are collectively known as The Safal Group.
The Safal Group is the largest producer of Steel Roofing on the African continent with 36 operations in 12 countries. www.safalgroup.com
• Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd (MRM) is the largest producer of steel roofing in Kenya.
Established more than 50 years ago, the company is a leading innovator in its field. MRM led Africa in the manufacture of coated steel using the most advanced corrosion protection technology available worldwide, and its roofing brands are household names which are known and trusted by millions of consumers. www.mabati.com
• The Safal MRM Foundation, based in Kenya, is a philanthropic enterprise of Mabati Rolling Mills and the Safal Group. It founded, and continues to fully manage, both the Mabati Technical Training Institute, and the Mabati Medical Centre, both in Mariakani, Kenya. www.safalmrmfoundation.org
• ALAF Limited (ALAF) is Tanzania’s leading steel roofing manufacturer. Established in 1960, ALAF has always, and continues to be, a key player in the development of the country’s construction sector. ALAF is a fully integrated operation, not only making steel roofing, but also producing the metal coated coils used by these roofing operations. ALAF manufactures metal tubing and piping for various applications. www.alaf.co.tz
• The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University provides leadership on and helps oversee internationalization efforts at Cornell. Its goal is to work with schools, colleges, and centers to develop, support and implement plans pertaining to the university’s international dimension. The Office will provide support for the new Internationalization Council, chaired by the vice provost.
• The Africana Studies and Research Center enriches the academic, cultural, and social environments on the Cornell University Ithaca campus. http://www.asrc.cornell.edu
• East African Educational Publishers is one of Africa’s leading publishers. EAEP strives to juggle the seemingly contradicting values of publishing works of enduring value cutting across the social, cultural, political and economic spectrum of society and at the same time excelling as a viable business that is ready to face the realities and vagaries of the technology age. http://www.eastafricanpublishers.com
• The Africa Poetry Fund promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa. http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/
Board of Trustees: Abdilatif Abdalla (Chair), Mukoma wa Ngugi, Lizzy Attree, Happiness Bulugu, Walter Bgoya, Henry Chakava, Chege Githiora, Carole Boyce Davies, Rajeev Shah, and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.
The website is: http://kiswahiliprize.cornell.edu/
Twitter handle: @KiswahiliPrize