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New Kiswahili science fiction award charts a path for African languages

By Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Associate Professor of literatures in English, Cornell University
Lizzy Attree, Adjunct Professor, Richmond American International University
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The 6th edition of The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature, suspended last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is back. Founded in 2014, the prize recognises writing in African languages and encourages translation from, between and into African languages. Kiswahili is widely spoken across the east coast of Africa. This year’s prize also offers a special award designed to promote and popularise a Kiswahili vocabulary for technology and digital rights. We spoke to the prize founders – literary academic Lizzy Attree,…


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