Kendeka Prize for African Literature is a Non-Profit Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Kenya whose main objective, aim, vision and mission is to nurture new and existing writers from the African Continent and  the Diaspora by creating a platform for Africans to tell their stories not only on the Continent but to reach wider audiences around the world. The Prize encourages upcoming writers to write on issues affecting Africa from an African perspective thereby amplifying African voices worldwide.

Many upcoming and existing African writers face challenges in publication and distribution of their literary work.  We have created opportunities for nurturing new talent, supporting existing writers bring to the wider reading audiences the social, economic and cultural issues affecting the day-to-day lives of African peoples on the Continent and in the Diaspora, the stories of beauty, achievements, resilience and the many mountains, valleys, deserts, lakes and seas traversed by our people, young and old, through the ages.

2021 Kendeka Prize Winners


Jenny Robson, Winner of The Inaugural Kendeka Prize

Author of, Water For Wine

Jenny Robson was born in South Africa in 1952, but has lived most of her adult life in Botswana where she works as a music teacher. Much of her writing is for children and young people. To date, she has eleven YA novels published. One of these novels, Because Pula Means Rain, was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Youth Literature the Service of Tolerance.

Jenny also writes short stories for adults and her work has been published in magazines both locally and abroad. Some of her work has been translated into other languages including KiSwahili, German, Spanish and Korean.

Her stories and novels are set always, firmly and with love, in Afrika.


Fatima Okhousami, First Runners Up

Author of, The Women of Atinga House

Fatima Okhuosami is a pharmacist and avid consumer of literature and global politics. Some of her poems and short stories are published online / in-print at: The Kalahari Review, Chillfiltr Review, Jalada Africa, Everyday Fiction, Agbowo press,, Third Word Press, Kreative Diadem, Flash: The International Short Story Magazine, Itanile magazine, etc. 

She was a runner-up of the December 2020 Collins Elesiro literary prize. 

She is a graduate of the 2019 International Writing Programme Lines and Spaces Tour held at Abuja, Nigeria. 


Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe, Second Runners-up

Author of, Au Pair

Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe is content writer and graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, with a degree in Sociology. When not writing content, she love to write, sing, listen to music draw, eat (yes, she a HUGE foodie), play video games, and watch movies.

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2021 Call Out

Kendeka Prize for African Literature will be awarded to the best short story submitted. For the 2021 edition, the call out for submission was done on 1st of February and the window will close on 31st May 2021. We are expecting a minimum of 2000 entries. The entries will be read and analyzed. A long list of fifteen entries will be released in August while a short list of five, will be released some two weeks before the award ceremony.