The latest winners of the Burt Award for African Literature — Ethiopia were recently announced during a ceremony held in Addis Ababa.
The winning authors of the third round of the Burt Award in Ethiopia were Daniel Negash for Breaking the Chain (1st place), Eyob Getahun for Behind the Invisible Bars (2nd place) and Kibrom Gebremedhin for The Revelation (3rd place.) In addition to providing substantial prize money to the winners, CODE will purchase a minimum of 5,000 copies of each of the winning titles to be distributed to young people across the country through its local partner, CODE-Ethiopia.
The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including Mulugeta Seid, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia, David Usher, Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia, and CODE Executive Director Scott Walter.
In his remarks, Mr. Walter pointed out that the Award has now generated nine locally-authored, culturally-relevant titles for young readers in Ethiopia. "We are seeing an impressive body of literature being created, one that will continue to over the years and that we want to see readily available not only to youth right across this country, but right across Africa, and around the world for that matter," he said.