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Awards Winning Books

 

Narejea Nyumbani

  by Jeff Mandila
 

2nd Runners up Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award for Adult Kiswahili Fiction Category 2016

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  Mashetani wa Alepo
  byTom Olali
 

2nd Runners up Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award for Adult Kiswahili Fiction Category 2016

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  Upepo wa Mvua
  by Jeff Mandila
 

1st Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award for Adult Kiswahili Fiction Category 2014

In one sweep Jeff Mandila is able to slice through the society, recounting the evil consequences of corruption, especially on the youth. But what is more striking about this play is the playwright's call on the long-suffering people to rise up against corruption and dictatorship. This is a play with a very bold message in a society where deference to authority, even where such authority is immoral, is preferred to resistance.

     
  Kula kwa Muheshimiwa
by Juma Namlola

Runners up Wahome Mutahi, Adult Kiswahili Fiction Category 2014

is set in and around the electioneering period of the 2013 general elections.The book covers issues like election malpractices where a male parliamentary aspirant named Apewe is portrayed as one who takes advantage of the jobless youths and pays them to attack his opponent a female aspirant Majaliwa

     
  Watu wa Gehenna
byTom Olali

2nd Runners up Wahome Mutahi, Adult Kiswahili Fiction Category 2014

1st Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, Kiswahili Adult Category 2013

Our society faces various challenges. These include corruption; trade in human body parts, exploitation of domestic workers among others. Do the perpetrators of all these evils deserve a place in ‘heaven'? Isn't it prudent that they be pushed to ‘Gehenna' where they will suffer for eternity as a matter of retribution? Although the novel heavily inclines itself to the literature of the absurd, it is crafted in a unique manner with a rich use of symbolism.

     
     
  Pamba
  by John Habwe
 

2nd Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature - Adult Fiction Category 2013

Life is full of contradictions. Pamba, a university professor cannot comprehend the true meaning and import of such contradictions. He is not in a position to cope with real and imagined societal injustices that he believes are the cause of his troubles. He gradually lapses into stress that culminates in suicide.

     
    Mkakasi
    by Geoffrey Mung'ou
   

3rd Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature - Adult Fiction Category 2013

Our institutions of higher learning are home to may challenges. These include peer pressure, student unrest and a general disconnect between students and those who govern them. How is society at large ultimately affected by the happenings in these institutions?

     
    Masaibu
    by Bwanaheri A. Salim
   

3rd Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature - Youth Category 2013

Whenever parents become deceased, children are always left at crossroads. They often face cruel relatives who in most cases deprive them of all their inheritance. Is there anybody out there fighting for their rights?

     
  Sikitiko la Sambaya
by Jeff Mandila

1st Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award 2012

This is a story of Sambaya, a young girl full of naivety who finds herself in an entangling trap that consumes her young emotional spirit leading to pain and regret.

The young girl abandons school but later on finds herself in a precarious situation whereby her happiness in life, and that of her family is dependent on the lifestyle of a reckless, carefree drunkard husband.

Born in 1985, Jeff Mandila has strongly come out as a budding young author, who has exhibited a high degree of talent in language use through authorship. Although Sikitiko la Sambaya is his first work to be published, the literary award has proved to the world that he is a giant who should be keenly watched in Kiswahili literary circles.

     
  Utoro
by Alex Ngure

2nd Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature - Adult Fiction Category 2011

This is a story of Masumbuko who leads a troubled life. He is on the run – running away from an unjust system of government. His desire and zeal to have a just society eventually bears fruit. His eventual election to political office goes a long way into bringing a sense of harmony to two fiercely antagonistic communities.

 
     
  Fumbo la Maisha
by John Habwe

3rd Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature - Adult Fiction Category 2011

Salome moves from an unfriendly rural Majengo to an urban Majengo that is full of hostility and tribulations. The urban Majengo acts as her good teacher. Here she learns lessons that eventually help her in redeeming her life and that of rural Majengo.

 
     
  Cheche za Moto
by John Habwe

1st Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award 2010

Cheche za Moto is a novel that depicts the madness that bedevils society when a dictatorial regime is set loose to run amok. It leads to immorality and poverty. Tribalism and nepotism become the order of the day. Those who seem to criticize the government are hunted down and silenced by even death. A culture of fear is slowly but surely cultivated among the governed.

 
     
  Utoro
  by Alex Ngure
 

2nd Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award 2010

This is a story of Masumbuko who leads a troubled life. He is on the run – running away from an unjust system of government. His desire and zeal to have a just society eventually bears fruit. His eventual election to political office goes a long way into bringing a sense of harmony to two fiercely antagonistic communities.

     
  Mafamba
  by Tom Olali
 

3rd Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award 2010

The storyline in Mafamba revolves around NUKA, a country where corruption, underhand political dealings and every kind of rot reign supreme. The crop of leaders charged with the responsibility of governing are always in a rush to outshine one another at the expense of the citizenry. The country later transforms itself to BORA but nothing much changes because the leadership remains the ‘same' in heart and spirit. This portends doom for the country. The masses eventually decide to come together to teach the leadership class a lesson. But will this last?

     
  Dago wa Munje
  by Sheila Ali Ryanga
 

1st Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature -Youth Fiction Category 2009

Dago wa Munje is a story about a school boy, Dago. He has a biological weakness that seems to torment him. His peers hold him with contempt. They despise him. He is always the laughing stock in school and at home. Nevertheless, he manages to overcome the stigma and resolves to become a productive member of society.

     
  Vipanya vya Maabara
  by Mwenda Mbatiah
 

2nd Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature - Adult Fiction Category 2009

1st Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award 2008

The novel tackles issues of greedy, poverty and corruption that bedeviled Kenya in the run-up to the multi-party era. Besides the nation undergoing hard economic times, the political class was involved in shady deals that led to deep erosion of virtues in society. It is the time that the ruling elite saw young people as mere experimental tools.

     
  Migogoro
  by Mwenda Mbatiah
 

2nd Prize Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature - Youth Fiction Category 2007

As the title suggests, Migogoro is a play that captures conflicts that bedevil society. The author highlights the conflicts that exist between the young and old. For example, Rukia believes that she has come of age having gone through the ladders of her secondary education. She does not understand why her parents should poke their noses into what she believes is her sole business; being the sole guardian of her life.

Conflicts that exist between men and women, between the indigenous and the foreigners are also tackled. However, key among them all is the conflict that exists between man and the environment. It painstakingly takes the effort of a few brave women in society to tackle these conflicts. They put in place key programmes that gear towards eradication of poverty and over and above bring peace and harmony in society.

     
  Paradiso
  by John Habwe
 

1st Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award 2006

Religious hypocrisy and deceit has become part and parcel of our modern society. Religion is gaining currency as a way of making quick money by deceiving the ‘faithful'. In Paradiso the author laughs at his society by portraying a religious leadership clique that has been intoxicated by power and is hell-bent on exploiting their followers in order to reach the ideal destination – earthly paradise. Although the main character, Michael, portrays an exceptional trait of a religious leader who beat all odds to excel in the murky waters of religion, the author alludes that mere confession of faith and religion should not be seen as the epitome of an ideal society.

     
  Wimbo Mpya
  by Mwenda Mbatiah
 

2nd Prize Wahome Mutahi Literary Award 2006

Wimbo Mpya ni riwaya inayomulika kipindi mahsusi na cha kipeo katika historia ya Kenya. Mwandishi anakitupia jicho la tahakiki kipindi cha mpito baina ya harakati za kuung'oa ukoloni na uhuru. Anazua maswali ambayo yamekataa kusahaulika. Je, majilio ya uhuru yalileta ushindi au ushinde kwa wapiganaji walioendesha vita vya msituni dhidi ya jeshi na masetla wa Kiingereza? Je, serikali mpya ya Mwafrika ilitimiza au iliua ndoto ya wananchi? Je, wananchi wa kawaida vijijini waliupokeaje wito wa viongozi wa Kenya huru – wito wa kushirikiana katika moyo wa harambee kupigana vita na maadui wa ujinga, maradhi na umaskini? Wanawake hawaachwi nyuma katika tendo la kihistoria la Kenya kuvuka kutoka enzi ya harakati za ukombozi hadi enzi ya wimbo mpya wa uhuru na ujenzi wa taifa.

     
   

Vitanzi vya Tamaa

   

When evil forces are united against the common good, noble ideas are usually overrun and ultimately go to waste.

     
  Ufundishaji wa Fasihi: Nadharia na Mbinu
  by Kimani Njogu na Rocha Chimerah
  Noma Award 2000

 

 



 

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