Its been quite the buzz of literary activity in Nairobi of late. The Storymoja came and went rather sadly followed quickly by the Nairobi International Book fair which was as quiet as they got. Then there was the Burt Award which happened last Friday evening at the Silver Springs in Nairobi.
The Burt Award which is in its second year is an award which celebrates folks who have done literary works for young adults while at the same time fostering their love of reading. The award is sponsored by a Canadian philanthropist – Bill Burt – and is extended to the National Book Development Council of Kenya and the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE).
The nominees for the prize were Tony Mochama (Meet the Omtitas), Argwings Otieno (A Taste of Fame) and Erick Livumbazi Ngoda (A Name for Himself).
The winner of that award was Argwings Otieno who goes home with the Kshs700,000 prize money. Second was Erick Livumbazi followed by Tony Mochama as second runner up.