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Mahriana Rofheart | 84 comments Penguin Books South Africa is inaugurating a prize for African Writing. Thought you all would be interested in the books on the shortlist.

I haven't read any of the fiction writers and only one of the Non-fiction writers. But I'm interested in reading Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ's book Nairobi Heat - he is Ngugi wa Thiong'o's son, and I'm just so curious about what his writing is like.

Here's the list (I guess you could look up what these author's new books are)


Ellen Aaku (Zambia)
Moraa Gitaa (Kenya)
Chika Ezeanya (Nigeria)
Shubnum Khan (South Africa)
Isabella Morris (South Africa)
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ (Kenya)


Pius Adesanmi (Nigeria)
Andrew Barlow (South Africa)
Ruth Carneson (South Africa)
Ahmed Mortiar (South Africa)
Tanure Ojaide (Nigeria)
Anli Serfontein (South Africa)
Tebogo Tlharipe (South Africa)

and link to the Penguin website:

I guess since Penguin publishes in English, only submissions (translations included) were eligible.

message 2: by Nina (new)

Nina Chachu | 206 comments Thanks Margaine for the post on the Penguin shortlist. Am about to follow the link as I write this.

message 3: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 543 comments thanks for sharing
I love reading new authors

message 4: by Friederike (new)

Friederike Knabe (fknabe) | 162 comments Yes, thanks Margaine! I have not heard of any of authors! Will pursue these further.

message 5: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 660 comments Yes, thanks from me too. A little surprised to find I hadn't seen any of these names before either.

message 6: by Myne (new)

Myne Whitman | 11 comments Most of the Fiction names have not had books out yet but have some short stories scattered about. You can check out Chika Ezeanya and Pius Adesanmi's writings at the Nigeria village Square, -AND-

message 7: by Nina (new)

Nina Chachu | 206 comments The one author I actually know is Ellen Aaku, Zambian, but also with Ghanaian connections. I know she's written stories, and at least one book for children published by Macmillan, entitled Wandi's Little Voice. She's also won one of prizes for the Commonw ealth short story competition, in 2007 or so; see

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