The long list for the Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2021 was announced on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature is an initiative by Andrew Maina, a Kenyan writer through Solano Publications Limited. It aims at encouraging Africans to write and read more. The judges for this, the first edition of the prize, were Lucas Wafula (Kenya), Renee Edwige Dro (Côte d’Ivoire) and Remy Ngamije (Namibia).

The 2021 long listed stories in Alphabetical order are as follows;

  • 100 Little Things by Dora Achieng Okeyo, Kenya
  • A Town With No Name by Hajaarh Muhammad Bashar, Nigeria
  • Au Pair by Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe, Nigeria
  • Hotel Rhodesia by Nathaniel Ziphoezinhle Mpofu, Zimbabwe
  • Sins of my Mother by Michelle Chepchumba Korir, Kenya
  • Six Days To Twenty by scholastic Moraa Nyabuti, Kenya
  • Time And Bodies by Ekemini Udo Pius, Nigeria
  • The Women of Atinga House by Fatima Okhousami, Nigeria
  • The Painting From A Country In Europe by Azeeza Adeowu, Nigeria
  • The Coffee House Patients by Ace-Ume Emmanuel, Nigeria
  • There Will Be Red by Udechukwu Promise, Nigeria
  • Vengeance Is Mine by Nyasili Atetwe, Kenya
  • Water For Wine by Jenny Robson, Botswana

A shortlist of three shall be released on the 15th of September 2021 while the award ceremony shall be held on the 25th September, 2021, at Fourteen Falls Leisure Lodge, Thika, Kenya.

The first Prize is Kshs 100,000, the second and the third prizes are Kshs 50,000 and 25,000 respectively.