Winners of the 2016 Burt Award for African Literature in Kenya honoured

I am so happy and grateful! I intend to support reading by donating these books to schools, of course beginning with my former school.”
—Nicholas Kamau, alias Goro wa Kamau, 1st place winner.

The winners of the 5th Annual Burt Award for African Literature in Kenya were honoured last month at an uplifting ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi. The event was kicked off with an opening address by host Ruth Odondi -CEO of the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK), CODE’s partner in Kenya. Professor Chris Wanjala (Chairman of the NBDCK) underscored the importance of writers in society and their need to have their rights protected at all times. Dr. Waveney Olembwo, spoke on behalf of the Burt Award jurors and shared their experiences working with the authors and publishers of the winning titles. VIPs in attendance included Marie-France Provencher, First Secretary of the Canadian High Commission; The Honourable Noah Katana Ngala, Chairman of the Kenya National Library Service; Brigitte Doellgast, Head of Library Services-Sub-Saharan Africa, Goethe Institute; Eliphas Nyamogo, Head of Information and Library, Goethe Institute, Kenya; Dr. Kiprop Lagat, Director of Culture, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts and Richard Atuti, Director of the Kenya National Library Service.

Singers entertain at Burt Award Lit gala in Nairobi

Perhaps the most moving speech at the ceremony came from the Chief Guest, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua —CEO of the Kenya Film Council. He shared his own personal experience as a youth whose life was forever changed after reading good, quality books that extolled real-life virtues. He thanked CODE and the NDBCK for making these kinds of books available to new generations of young people. Acapella group Culture Afrika added to the joyous tone of the event which was covered by several media outlets including The Daily Nation newspaper and most major radio and TV television outlets including KTN, NTV, K24 Citizen TV and KBC.

Awards were given out as follows:

1st prize Nicholas Kamau
1st Prize: Nicholas Kamau for Ghost and the Fortune Hunters

2nd winner Alice Muthoni accepts prize
2nd Prize: Alice Muthoni for The Hidden Package

3rd prize winner Tony Mochama
3rd Prize: Tony Mochama for Run, Cheche, Run



Winning Author, Goro Wa Kamau interviewed on KTN Books & Blogs (Oct 27, 2016)



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#BurtAward is for promotion of literacy and the development of a reading culture in Kenya. @EzekielMutua @KICDKenya @codecan_org @MyGovKe
— Cephas Gathii (@cephasteinzz) September 23, 2016

#BurtAwards happening now at crown plaza an event aimed at promoting a reading culture. Guest today @EzekielMutua @InfoKfcb @codecan_org
— david kyalo (@ItsDavidKyalo) September 23, 2016

The man behind CODE's #BurtAward for Literature awarded in Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Canada & the Caribbean.
— CODE (@codecan_org) September 23, 2016

CODE's #BurtAward for #Literature was inspired when William Burt participated in the 2007 Seeing is Believing tour.
— CODE (@codecan_org) September 23, 2016

Congrats to CODE's #BurtAward for #Kenya prize winners 1st: Nicholas Kamau, 2nd: Alice Muthoni, 3rd: Anton Muchoma
— CODE (@codecan_org) September 23, 2016

.@CanHCKenya congratulates the winners of @CODE_BurtAward  @codecan_org #NationalBookDevelopmentCouncilofKenya @CanadaDev
— Canada in Kenya (@CanHCKenya) September 23, 2016

I was honored to speak at the Burt Awards as Chief Guest on the importance of promoting values through literary works @InfoKfcb #BurtAwards
— Ezekiel Mutua, MBS (@EzekielMutua) September 23, 2016

There are so many untold stories in Africa today, with few people to write them. More Kenyans should venture in writing #BurtAward #KFCB
— Ezekiel Mutua, MBS (@EzekielMutua) September 23, 2016


Monday, October 3, 2016
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