Moraa Gitaa

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Moraa Gitaa is a Kenyan novelist living in Nairobi. She is the author of the novels Shifting Sands and Crucible for Silver & Furnace for Gold. Gitaa was one of the Kenya Chapter winners of the 2014 Burt Award for African Literature[1] and nominated for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing[2] and also won First Prize in the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) Adult Fiction literary award in 2008 (Kenya's National Book Week Literary Award.)[3] She is a member of PEN International, the World Association of Writers.


Gitaa's first full-length novel, Crucible for Silver and Furnace for Gold centers on two characters: Lavina, an African woman living with HIV, and Giorgio, an Italian man whom Lavina meets on vacation.[4] Gitaa's second novel is Shifting Sands.[5] Gitaa's recent work is a crime fiction novella, Hila, YA Burt Award winning title The Shark Attack!, and children's book, The Con Artiste.[citation needed]

Crucible for Silver and Furnace for Gold has been described by reviewers as a re-reading and re-writing of gender in times of HIV.[6][clarification needed] Her work on Shifting Sands received a positive review from Khainga O' Okwemba of Nairobi's Star newspaper.[7] Her stories focus on vulnerable and typically marginalized members of contemporary African society, such as those afflicted with HIV.[8]

She has been featured in anthologies including Author-Me Author Africa Anthology (2011), Author-Me Author Africa Anthology (2008), and G21 The World's Magazine – Africa Fresh! New Voices from the First Continent (2007).

She has published a number of short stories that include "Searching Me", "Katsanga Kenye", "The Devil is in the Detail", "To Serenity via Perdition", "Diplomatic Impunity", "Obscure Oddities", "From Shifting Sands to Deeper Dimensions". Gitaa is currently working on a semi-autobiography/ inspirational book and one on Dyslexia.


  1. ^ "Announcement of Nominees for the 2014 BURT Award For African Literature Competition". Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shortlists for the Inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing". Penguin SA. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Book Development Council of Kenya Literary Award (2003?-2010?)". African Book Awards Database. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Gitaa, Moraa (2008). Crucible for silver and furnace for gold (1st ed.). [Oakville, Ont.]: Nsemia Publishers. p. 276. ISBN 0981036228. 
  5. ^ Gitaa, Moraa (2012). Shifting Sands. Nsemia Inc. ISBN 978-1-926906-04-1. 
  6. ^ "A Critique of Friendship across Race and Tribe in two Kenyan Novels". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Moraa Gitaa Is a Must-Read Author". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Evan, Mwangi. "Kenya: Books: Kenyan Writers Open Debate On New Corruption Frontiers". All Africa. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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