Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature

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Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature is a biennial 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.[1]









  • 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








  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature History 2011". Kenya Publishers' Association. 2011. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "New Award to Shake Up Publishing Industry." Africa News Service 10 January 2011. Gale Student Resources In Context GALE|A246092961. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  3. ^ Nation Correspondent (20 September 1999). "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 October 2005. Gale Student Resources In Context GALE|A137645842. Retrieved 12 October 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 October 2007. Gale Student Resources In Context GALE|A169300498. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature Award 2011". Kenya Publishers' Association. 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ James Murua (October 4, 2014). "Kenya: Star Columnist Wins Jomo Kenyatta Literature Award". Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Owuor wins literature prize at book awards". Daily Nation. Kenya. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 

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