Nyabola Prize Shortlist

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature has announced the 10-title shortlist for the Nyabola Prize. The award recognizes science fiction written in the Kiswahili language by authors age 18-35. The finalists are:

  • “Dunia ya Pili” by Sofi Binsari
  • “Pigo Zito” by Twihuvila Gillah
  • “Afriti Hasitiki” by Hussna Mohamed Hassan
  • “Dubwasha” by Stallone Joyfully
  • “Sayari Ya Wanawake” by Emmanuel Kimeu
  • “Mashine” by Hassan Omar Mambosasa
  • “Ustaarabu Wa Sayari Ya Sadiza” by Haruni Manigu
  • “Kamera Ya Mtoisa” by Charles John Mlowezi
  • “Mgeni Kutoka Sayari Nyekundu” by Shabani Omari Molito
  • “Miongo Mia Moja” by Florenca Shanya Mwaita

All ten shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The winners will be announced January 28, 2022. First prize will receive $1,000, second prize $500, and third prize $250.

For more information, see the Kiswahili Prize announcement.

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One thought on “Nyabola Prize Shortlist

  • November 19, 2021 at 10:24 am

    1st book I read in 1986 after 2 years teaching in Kenya was Neuromancer. It’s hacked world of forced open black boxes strongly resonated with my experience in Kenya. Hackers + Fundis.

    It is so very exciting to see upcoming Scifi in Swahili!


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