Zukiswa Wanner received the Goethe Medal at a ceremony in Nairobi on October 15, 2020.
The Goethe Medal was first awarded by the Goethe Institute in 1954 and recognized by the Federal Republic of Germany as an official badge of honour in 1975. Over 354 personalities from 67 countries have been conferred the honour, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Bourdieu, David Cornwell alias John le Carré, Sir Ernst Gombrich, Lars Gustafsson, Ágnes Heller, Petros Markaris, Sir Karl Raimund Popper, Jorge Semprún, Robert Wilson, Neil MacGregor, and Helen Wolff.
The winners of the 2020 medals, announced on April 28, are South African writer, publisher and curator Zukiswa Wanner; Bolivian artist and museum director Elvira Espejo Ayca; and the British writer Ian McEwan. There was a virtual ceremony to confer these awardees their honours on Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s birthday, August 28.
On October 15, Kenyan-based Zukiswa Wanner received her medal at a ceremony hosted at a restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya. The ceremony included a socially distanced late lunch before the award was handed out by German Ambassador to Kenya, Annett Günther. The late afternoon included speeches from the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Michelle Müntefering who sent in prepared remarks via video, the German ambassador Günther, Goethe Nairobi director Johannes Hossfeld, and the recipient Zukiswa Wanner.
Here are images from the ceremony courtesy of the Goethe-Institut and taken by Julian Manjahi.