Jennifer Eneanya uses irony and humor to great effect in her story, The Slayer’s Religion, about a cheating husband who meets his match.
This month, we interview two past winners of the competition, Nicola Coady from South Africa and Mark Mngomezulu from Swaziland. Coady, (pictured), won our September 2013 competition with her short story, Obio, about a man who embarks on a journey to the town of Boje in search of a cure for his ailment. Mngomezulu’s story, The Village Breadman, won the competition in October 2013.
Africa Book Club is pleased to announce the winners of our December 2013 Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. Six stories made our final shortlist. The winning entry for December is Into the Bush, a story by Mulumba Ivan Matthias from Uganda, about a family forced to flee the city and seek refuge in the village when the violence of war starts to take its toll. Andrew Dakalira from Malawi, David Chasumba from Zimbabwe, and Christopher Otim from Uganda share the runner-up spot.
Congratulations to our September winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. Nicola Coady (pictured) from South Africa is the winner of our September competition with her short story, Obio, about a man on his way to Boje, a city in Nigeria. Obio has never left his village before, not even to visit the neighboring villages, and now he nervously embarks on this must-trip to renew his life after a harrowing experience. This is a short story with all the magical ingredients – great dialogue, tension, and humor all throughout. Our first runner-up , May Kisanya from Kenya, submitted Lemayian’s Invention, a touching story about a young Maasai boy , who not only survives a difficult birth, but goes on to make it to the circumcision ceremony – an initiation rite that presages the transition to manhood. And in Endangered, our second runner-up Constant va Graan from Namibia writes about a students’ hiking trip to the Kruger National Park visit that goes horribly wrong.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural winners of our monthly Africa Book Club Short Reads competition. Fifty-three entries were received during the month. So what is our take? In one word – fabulous. When we launched the competition in the last week of July, we didn’t know what to expect. Afterall, this is by no means the richest competition out there. More than the number of entries, what’s impressed us most is the sheer richness of the entries.