Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature- 2015
On Saturday, September 26th, Text Book Centre, in partnership with the Kenya Publishers Association will be presenting the Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. Formerly known as the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, the prize seeks to encourage and reward creativity in Kenya, as well as encourage local authors and writers from different genres to get involved in writing.
In a statement given by Mr. David Waweru, Chairman of the Kenya Publishers Association at the launch of the TBC/Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature on Monday, August 24th, 2015, he supported the cause by stating that countries that have a strong reading culture tend to be highly advanced in their economic, social and political spheres. He concluded by saying that reading is a culture that most countries need to embrace.
Coming in as the official sponsor of the event this year, Text Book center (TBC) management will be increasing the general prize from KSh 800,000 to KSh 1.2 million shillings making it the premier award in the Kenyan literary scene today.
Often set into three categories; Adult, Youth and Children, this year’s bounty has gone up as follows:
• English and Kiswahili Adult winners: KSh 300,000 each up from KSh 150,000 each
• Youth English and Kiswahili winners: KSh 150,000 each up from KSh 75,000 each
• English and Kiswahili children winners: KSh 100,000. Up from KSh 50,000
Some previous recipients of the award have been Meja Mwangi for Kill Me Quick, Abdulatif Abdallah for Sauti ya Dhiki, Wahome Mutahi’s Three Days on the Cross, David Maillu’s The Broken Drum, Margaret Ogola’s The River and the Source, and Marjorie Oludhe’s book Homing In, an exhaustive list would run into the hundreds.
The award will be presented during the 18th Nairobi International Book Fair mixer on Saturday 26th September 2015.