Moraa Gitaa is a writer-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Other Africans at the fellowship are Clement Emeka Akpang and Adaora Osondu-Oti.
Hungary-based Institute for Advanced Studies Central European University has one Writer in Residence fellowship and one Visual/New Media Artist in Residence fellowship to provide selected artists with opportunities to conceptualize and create new works every year. These two residential fellowships (up to 5 months each with a minimum stay of 3 months) are offered on a competitive basis to writers and visual artists, working in creative writing (such as poetry, prose, drama, screen, and playwriting) and in various visual media, including film and digital applications.
The fellows for 2022/2023 have been announced and Kenyan novelist Moraa Gitaa will be the new writer-in-residency. The Mombasa-born writer is the author of the Young Adult novels Let’s Talk About This, The Kigango Oracle, Hila, and The Shark Attack. She is also a Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution researcher, cultural advocate, and arts curator. The residency comes with a stipend of approximately 3000 Euros per month.
Speaking on the selection Gitaa said, “I’m grateful because the two years of lockdowns research work was scarce and I—like many other writers–had anxiety over mortgages and household budgets…and the allowance is timely and appreciated…and the gift of time and space to concentrate on new work.”