Kenyan Novelist Alex Nderitu Wins Continental Award

  • Novelist, writer and playwriter Alex Nderitu posing for a picture
    Novelist, writer, and playwriter Alex Nderitu posing for a picture
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  • Kenyan novelist Alex Nderitu scooped position three with his submission, The Hummingbird, in the Share Africa Climate Change Fiction 2022 Award.

    Nderitu, a poet and playwriter, was recognised for his efforts in the fight to save Karua Forest. The award committee called for submissions on August 2022.

    Submissions were received from Botswana, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique.

    Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe creatives also listed their work for consideration. 

    Novelist, writer, and playwriter Alex Nderitu in a past event
    Novelist, writer, and playwriter Alex Nderitu in a past event
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    In the first position was Miranda Bonolo Joubert from Botswana with the submission And Then the Humans Came, who will receive a cash prize of Ksh61,000 (500USD).

    In second place was Thuto Vanessa Seabe, also from Botswana, with her submission River of Death. She will receive a cash prize of Ksh36,000 (300USD).

    On the other hand, Nderitu will receive Ksh12,000 (100USD).

    Notably, winners presented real science in a credible, fun, and easy way to comprehend while exploring life in an age of climate change-incensed droughts, heat waves, floods, and seasonal shifts.

    Some of the judges selected to vet the nominees were Dan Bloom, Sophie Mbugua, Cheryl S. Ntumy, Uche Peter Umezurike, and Samuel Kọ́láwọlé. 

    The event was organised by the Bostwana Society for Human Development (BSHD), founded in October 2013.

    Meanwhile, in 2014, Nderitu's poem Someone in Africa Loves You was chosen to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    The Kenyan was also featured by Business Daily in the 'Top 40 Under 40'. Nderitu is currently the Deputy Secretary-General of PEN International.

    A nature trail at Karura forest in Nairobi.
    A nature trail at Karura forest in Nairobi.
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