It was all things literature at the Kwani Trust Gala as winners of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature were feted on Thursday evening at the Capital Club, Westlands Nairobi.
The event was part of the 2015 Kwani Litfest, which brought together authors, artists and book lovers under the theme 'Beyond the Map of English: Writers in Conversation on Language.'
The winners of the inaugural prize were Anna Samwel for Penzi la Damu (fiction) and Mohammed Ghassani for N'na Kwetu (poetry). Second and third prize went to Enock Maregesi for Kolonia Santita and Christopher Bundala Budebah for Kifaurongo for fiction and poetry respectively.
Also present were the prize founders; The Caine Prize for African Writing director Dr Lizzy Attree and Cornell University's Mukoma wa Ngugi. Others included former Information minister Samuel Poghisio, Dr Manu Chandaria, Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan Abdi and authors Nuruddin Farah (Somalia), Taiye Selasi (Nigeria/Ghana), Siphiwo Mahala (South Africa) and Yvonne Adhiambo Owour (Kenya).
The event was emceed by Lorna Irungu while entertainment was provided by Nairobi Orchestra.
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