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 winners of the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for October 2013. Mark Mngomezulu from Swaziland (pictured) is the winner of of our October Short Reads competition with his story, The Village Breadman. Mngomezulu, a previous finalist, beat out tight competition from the other finalists. His story, told simply and concisely, follows Manyosi as he goes about delivering bread to his customers. Manyosi is determined to improve his lot. He is working to save enough money so he can buy himself a small van in two years. Or so it seems, until another side of his personality unravels.
Our author of the week is a valuation surveyor by profession and a published poet. Meet Mulumba Ivan Matthias from Uganda.
Poetry in Motion is a collection of narrative poetry composed by Mulumba Ivan Matthias that takes us , by section, through “Rhythm and Rhymes” to view “Cakes and Candles” while puzzling out the “Riddles of Fortune” and experience the the pain and pleasure of “Thorns and Roses” before coming to “The Gospel Truth”. It is a journey through the reflections and observations of a number of voices.