Winners of the Wahome Mutahi Literary Awards- 2016
Wahome Mutahi Literary Awards winner 2016
ENGLISH ADULT CATEGORY- Angels of the Wild by Ng’ang’a Mbugua
A beautifully woven story sensitizing the reader on the values of honesty, industry, unity and the need to protect the wildlife. It is also a story of innocence and naiveté as Birgen discovers when he trusts people who threaten to jeopardize his quest for education and his desire to protect the wild. The story also subtly mocks African countries for naively associating with Asia, especially China, without looking into the consequences of imbalanced trade deals.
KISWAHILI ADULT CATEGORY- Kovu Moyoni by John Habwe
This is a novel that explores how people’s lives are scarred by socio-political and economic injustices. It demonstrates specifically the horrors women suffer in a tyrannical society and the role the same women play in overcoming the trauma of a nearly normativized injustice. Despite its tragic tone and mood, this is also a story of hope and resilience;