Uganda’s Harriet Anena 37M Richer After Winning Africa Literature Award

African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) Harriet Anena is shs72million richer after emerging joint winner in the Wole Soyinka prize for literature in Africa for her book ‘A Nation In Labour’.

Anena shared the top prize with Nigeria’s Professor Tanure Ojaide who wrote  “Songs of Myself” and the award is based on Pan-African writing prize for books of any type or genre.

Harriet Anena is a Ugandan author, poet, and journalist. She is the author of a collection of poems, A Nation In Labour published in 2015. She worked with the Daily Monitor newspaper as a reporter, sub-editor, and deputy chief sub-editor from 2009 to September 2014.

Anena poses with Wole Soyinka after winning big at the awards.

Her winning poetry book (A Nation in labour) is a collection of social conscience poetry that paints a picture of the giant politician, the restless citizen, the clueless youth, those struggling to heal from life’s scratches and the ones hunting for words to describe fiery flames of affection.

The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa is awarded biennially to the best literary work produced by an African and was established by the Lumina Foundation in 2005 in honour of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka who presented the prize, which is chosen by an international jury of literary figures.

The prize has been described as “the African equivalent of the Nobel Prize” with the winner receiving $20,000 at the awards ceremony. So, this year’s prize will be split among the two with each getting 10,000 (about 37,303,500).

Entries must be written in English or French but although originally all genres were considered for every award, since 2014 only one genre  has been eligible for each edition of the award, with drama being considered for 2014, poetry in 2016, and prose in 2018


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