Lucas Wafula (Kenya), Renee Edwige Dro (Côte d’Ivoire), and Remy Ngamije (Namibia) are the judges for the inaugural edition of the Kendeka Prize for African Literature. The panel will be chaired by Lucas Wafula.

Kendeka Prize for Africa Literature is based in Kenya and it is administered by Solano Publications Ltd. Entrance is free and was opened on February 1, 2021 and will close on May 31, 2021. The Prize will be awarded for the best piece of an unpublished short story either fiction or creative non-fiction.

The prize has announced its judges for the year and they are;

Lucas Wafula

Lucas Wafula
Lucas Wafula

Lucas Wafula is Editor-in-chief, and CEO, Booklyst Press Limited. Also, he is Director and Lead Facilitator, at Global Editorial Centre-KE. Lucas has been working as a publisher/editor for nearly 20 years now, during which he has worked with award-winning authors, authors of note, as well as young writers. He has worked in and on projects for, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, and South Sudan.  Lucas is passionate about growing African literature and helping budding writers sharpen their writing craft.

Edwige Renée Dro

Renee Edwige Dro

Edwige Renée Dro is a writer, a literary translator and a literary activist from Côte d’Ivoire. Her writings have been published by Bloomsbury, Harper Collins and in magazines like Popula, This is Africa, etc.

She has judged and facilitated many writing competitions such as the PEN International Short Story Prize, the AfroYoungAdult anthology project or the Bakwa Magazine Literary Translation workshops.

She strongly believes that arts and literature are the tools that can change society for the better and in February this year, she set up 1949, a library of women’s writings from Africa and the black world. 1949’s mission is to unearth and shine the light upon the contributions of African and black women to the world in order to inspire present and future generations.

Rémy Ngamije

Rémy Ngamije
Rémy Ngamije

Rémy is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the founder, chairperson, and artministrator of Doek, an independent arts organization in Namibia supporting the literary arts. He is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first and only literary magazine. His debut novel “The Eternal Audience Of One” is forthcoming from Scout Press (S&S).
His work has appeared in Litro Magazine, AFREADA, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Brainwavez, The Amistad, The Kalahari Review, American Chordata, Doek! Literary Magazine, Azure, Sultan’s Seal, Santa Ana River Review, Columbia Journal, New Contrast, Necessary Fiction, Silver Pinion, Lolwe, Barzakh Magazine, Journal Periferias, The Forge Literary Magazine, Yellow Means Stay: An Anthology Of Love Stories From Africa, Menelique, Barely South Review, Bad Form Review, Hypertext Magazine, and The Selkie.

He was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020. He was also longlisted for the 2020 and 2021 Afritondo Short Story Prize. In 2019 he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines.

Timelines for the Prize

Submissions: From 1st February to 31st May 2021

Judging: 1st June to 31 August 2021

Long List; First week of August

Short List; Third week of August

Prize Giving Ceremony; 1st October at Sarit Centre, during the Nairobi International Book Fair

For more details, visit www.solanopublications.com