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Times up for Miles Morland 2013 scholars: What’s next?

Percy Zvomuya
All eyes on Percy Zvomuya

All eyes are now Miles Morland 2013 scholars on Percy Zvomuya, Doreen Baingana and Tony Mochama. After enjoying the prestige of being the first scholars and the attendant goodies that goes with it like, well, the money, and the rest of it the real work begins.

In case you have forgotten, Doreen Baingana from Uganda had proposed to write a fictional account of the life of Alice Lakwena, the leader of the Holy Spirit Movement in Uganda in the 1980s. Tony Mochama from Kenya had proposed to write a book set in Nairobi in 2063, a hundred years after independence, as seen through the eyes of an 88 year old man. The last scholar, Zimbabwean Percy Zvomuya, intended to write a biography of Robert Mugabe.

I’m hearing that the work that the three scholars is very good but the people from the foundation can’t guarantee publishing contracts after the books are done which is only fair. What they are offering is mentorship and access to various networks – literary agents, guidance from experienced authors and mainstream publishers – which the Foundation is tied into.

For now we await for the work for the first books from the Mile Morland Fellowship. I hope y’all are as excited as I am.

By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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