Congratulations to OluTimehin Adegbeye, winner of the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award

Adegbeye, from Nigeria, is the third recipient of the prize, which was first launched in 2016 in honour of passionate champion for social justice and anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak. The announcement was made at the prestigious launch of The Heart of the Matter, the third volume of the Gerald Kraak Anthology, following the 2018 volume, As You Like It.

This year’s judging panel included head judge, Sisonke Msimang; writer, story teller and author of Always Another Country, Mark Gevisser; one of South Africa’s leading authors and journalists, Professor Sylvia Tamale; a leading African feminist who teaches law at Makerere University in Uganda, and Otosirieze Obi-Young; writer, literary journalist and deputy editor of Brittle Paper. 

The judges were taken by the fierce intensity of ‘Mothers and Men’, a meditation on the bonds between mothers and daughters.  The essay explores the fragility of healing with a rare sensitivity and insight.   OluTimehin Adegbeye’s voice walks the fine line between heartbreak and redemption, casting new light on questions of rape and secondary victimisation in ways that are new and important.  Adegbeye is an urgent and timely voice and both her substantive interests and her prose and befitting of a prize that exists to champion human rights and complicate the framing of what it means to be African today.  

The judges noted the overall quantity and quality of the poetry entry this year.  “We are pleased that in the category of poetry, On My Coming Out, by  Chisom Okafor was our selection.”  ‘On My Coming Out’, previously published in the Kikwetu Journal, is an affecting and elegantly written poem that speaks to desire, tradition and the enduring power – of familial love.  

The judges were taken by the subtlety of the submission of Chukwuebuka Ibeh. ‘A Sickness Called Longing’ is a haunting and subtle story about loneliness, vulnerability, masculinity and ageing.

The Heart of the Matter is a collection of the 21 shortlisted entries from over 400 submissions received from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and 6 other African countries. It showcases some of the most provocative works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. These stories capture the essence of the African LGBTQI+ community and showcase some of Africa’s most talented writers. The anthology gives a voice to those who would otherwise be marginalised and it insists that differences must be recognised, embraced and celebrated.

Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize are open all year. Click here for guidelines.

For more on the Jacana Literary Foundation, visit their website.

For all media enquiries, review copies or interview requests, please contact:

Tendai Thondhlana, The Other Foundation, 0721683148;

Katlego Letlonkane, Jacana Media, 011 628 3239.

 

Click the cover image above to watch a video about some of the shortlisted entrants.

 


Image Gallery: Gerald Kraak 2019

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

The 2018 Gerald Kraak Award goes to Pwaangulongii Dauod

 

The Jacana Literary Foundation and the Other Foundation are proud to announce the 2018 recipient of the Gerald Kraak Award. Congratulations to Pwaangulongii Daoud whose essay, ‘Africa’s future has no space for stupid black men’, made him this year’s worthy winner. 

Daoud is the second recipient of the award, which was first launched in 2016 in honour of passionate champion for social justice and anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak (1956–2014). The announcement was made at the prestigious launch of As You like It, the second volume of the Gerald Kraak Anthology, after the 2017 volume Pride & Prejudice.  

As You Like It is a collection of the 22 shortlisted entries from over 400 submissions received from 13 African countries. It showcases some of the most provocative works of fiction, poetry, journalism, photography and academic writing. This anthology series has become an act of protest, affirmation and love. It represents a new wave of fresh storytelling that stimulates thought and expression on the subject of gender, social justice, sexuality and self-expression. 

The winners were selected by a judging panel made up of distinguished gender activist Sisonke Msimang (lead judge and anthology editor), prize winning author and journalist Mark Gevisser, and leading African feminist Sylvia Tamale.

Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Prize and Anthology will now be open year-round.

Click here for guidelines and entry form.

For more on the Jacana Literary Foundation, visit their website.

For all media enquiries, review copies or interview requests, please contact:

Tendai Thondhlana, The Other Foundation, 0721683148;

Katlego Letlonkane, Jacana Media, 011 628 3239.

 

Click the cover image above to watch a video about some of the shortlisted entrants.


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Congratulations to Farah Ahamed and Sarah Waiswa, joint winners of the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award.

The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation, are delighted to announce the joint winners of the Gerald Kraak Award 2017: Farah Ahamed for ‘Poached Eggs’ and Sarah Waiswa (pictured, above) for ‘Stranger in a Familiar Land’.

The winners were announced on Africa Day, 25 May at the official launch of the first in the Gerald Kraak Anthology series, titled Pride and Prejudice: The Gerald Kraak Anthology of African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality. The kaleidoscopic collection comprises the most exceptional written and photographic entries for the annual Gerald Kraak Award, which was established in 2016 by the Other Foundation, in partnership with the Jacana Literary Foundation.

Offering important African perspectives gathered from the continent, this inaugural edition features works of fiction, journalism, photography and poetry. The pieces are multi-layered, brave and stirring. They represent a new wave of fresh storytelling that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.

The winners were selected by a judging panel made up of distinguished gender activist Sisonke Msimang (chair of the panel and series editor), prominent social and political analyst Eusebius McKaiser, and leading African feminist Sylvia Tamale.

Farah Ahamed, ‘Poached Eggs’ (Fiction, Kenya)
A subtle, slow and careful rendering of the everyday rhythms of domestic terror that pays homage to the long history of women’s resistance. Written with wit, humour and grit, the story also sings of freedom, resistance and the desire to be unbound.

Sarah Waiswa, ‘Stranger in a Familiar Land’ (Photography, Kenya)
This collection of photos showcases the best of African storytelling. The images take risks and speak of danger and subversion yet, at the same time, they are deeply rooted in places that are familiar to urban Africans.

Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Award 2018 will be open from 25 May to 25 July 2017. Click here for guidelines and the entry form.

For all media enquiries, review copies or interview requests, please contact:
Tendai Thondhlana, The Other Foundation, 0721683148;
Neilwe Mashigo, Jacana Media, 0116283200.


Relive the key moments: Gerald Kraak 2017

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