African Writers Trust

The shortlist for the African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme 2020 was announced on February 26, 2020.

The African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme focuses on professional development of upcoming talent in African publishing, targeting 30 candidates across three sub-regions: eastern, southern and west Africa. The objective is to facilitate the sharing of skills and collaborative learning between the more experienced publishers and the early career and emerging ones.

In January, the trust called out for the 2020’s Fellows who would participate in a week-long Mentoring and Training workshop in Uganda, and be invited to apply for a seed funding budget worth €4,200. The winner will use the funds to publish their on-going publishing project. The previous winner of this grant is Abdulrahman Ndegwa who went on to produce a wonderful publication called Kaz Kazi.

Those in the running for the programme this year are;

  • Botho Lejowa – Botswana.
  • Nixon Mateulah – Malawi.
  • Timwa Nana Lipenga – Malawi.
  • Alvaro Fausta Taruma – Mozambique.
  • Leanet Kamizhi – Zambia.
  • Ingrid Nayame- Zambia.
  • Farai Mudzingwa – Zimbabwe.
  • Khotso Nontokozo Sibanda – Zimbabwe.
  • Racheal Atukunda Zaramba Mutabingwa – Uganda.
  • Mercy Agenorwot Consolate – Uganda.
  • Joanita Kente Tushabe – Uganda

Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust said: “After a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, we have identified 11 Fellows for the second edition of the African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme, 2020. The programme was designed to create a step-change in the book sector in Africa, by focusing on professional development of upcoming talent in African publishing through training, mentoring and on-going support to gain experience in publishing. This edition has seen a dramatic increase in the number of application, from 120 in the first edition in 2018, to 293 this year. Six countries, as represented on this list, were targeted.