Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature

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Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature is a literary award given by the Kenya Publishers' Association.[1] It has been called "the most prestigious literary award in the country".[2]

The first award was in 1974, however due to financial constraints it was unable to continue.[1] In 1990 the award was revived with sponsorship from the Text Book Centre, and the first prize given in 1992.






1999 [3]

  • (no awards)[4]



  • English Adult Fiction first place: Stanley Gazemba, The Stone Hills of Maragoli
  • English Adult Fiction second place: Tobias Otieno, The Missing Links
  • English Adult Fiction third place: Paul Nakitare, I Shall Walk Alone
  • English Children's first place: Wahome Mutahi, The Ghost of Garbatula
  • Kiswahili first place: Ken Walibora, Ndoto ya Amerika

2005 [5]

2007 [7]






  1. ^ a b Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, official website.
  2. ^ "New Award to Shake Up Publishing Industry." Africa News Service 10 Jan. 2011. Gale Student Resources In Context GALE|A246092961. Retrieved 12 Oct. 2012.
  3. ^ Nation Correspondent (1999, Sep 20). "No award situation!" Africa News Service. Retrieved 12 October 2012
  4. ^ Judges decided that the books that had been submitted lacked creativity and therefore did not award any prize.
  5. ^ "Lack of Award Winner an Indictment of Our Writers." Africa News Service 17 Oct. 2005. Gale Student Resources In Context GALE|A137645842. Retrieved 12 Oct. 2012.
  6. ^ In 2005, judges failed to award the first prize in the English category, arguing that the titles submitted were not strong enough.
  7. ^ "Veteran Writer Oludhe Macgoye Wins Top Award As Book Fair Ends." Africa News Service 1 Oct. 2007. Gale Student Resources In Context GALE|A169300498. Retrieved 12 Oct. 2012.

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