Judges

Prof. Rayya Timammy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kiswahili, Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor of Education (B.ed) from Kenyatta University, M.A. in Linguistics and Ph.d in Kiswahili Studies from the University of Nairobi. She joined the University of Nairobi in 1990, and has been in Administration for the last 12 years as a Chairperson in the Department of Kiswahili and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts since 2005. Currently she lectures both undergraduate and post graduate students and supervises M.A. and Ph.D students. Prof. Timammy is also a Kiswahili fiction writer and composer of poems. Her areas of specialization are Kiswahili Language and Literature.  She has published a number of short stories in different anthologies. She is also interested in Muslim Women issues.

Shani Omari is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature, Communication and Publishing at the Institute of Kiswahili Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Education), MA (Linguistics) and PhD (Literature) from the University of Dar es Salaam. Her academic interests include youth popular culture, oral and written Kiswahili literature, and language and gender.

.Joshua S. Madumulla is an Associate Professor with cultivated command in the areas of Literature, paremiology (studies in proverbs) and aesthetics. In the second half of the 1970s, after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, he taught at Kigonsera Secondary School, where he was Deputy Headmaster. In the 1980s he joined the University of Dar es Salaam as an academic staff and proceeded to the University of Karl Marx, Leipzig Germany) for postgraduate studies. On return from studies, he was proactive in different activities and organizations. He was very active in the University of Dar es Salaam Academic Staff Association (UDASA) as Chairperson of Social Affairs Committee (1987 – 1994), where he established the ‘New Year Eve’ celebrations that gained wide popularity. He was the first Chairperson of the Book Development Council of Tanzania (1998 – 2002); Chairperson of the Children’s Book Committee (1995 – 1999); Chairperson of the Reading Association of Tanzania (2000 – 2005); Associate Dean (Academics) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2000 – 2003); a member of the Research and Publications Committee of the Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET), where he edited a number of REDET publications; Head of Department of Kiswahili, University of Dar es Salaam (2004 – 2006); Dean and founder of the School of Humanities at the University of Dodoma (2007 – 2012); Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic, Research and Consultancy at the Eckernforde Tanga University (2013 – 2014); and Vice Chancellor of the University of Iringa (2014 to date). He has also written literary books and papers, as well as translated a few works, including the Government Inspector.

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