The Prize was founded and launched in September 2020 by Andrew Maina Kariuki, an author, in memory of his late mother Kendeka Nyambura. It celebrates the strength of spirit and role played by the African mother in many African cultures in nurturing, supporting and watching their children in their desire to see them triumph through hard work and determination.
Kendeka Prize aims at stirring a new army of writers from Africa and the African Diaspora, unhindered by age, social, economic, educational, or ethnic backgrounds. Publication of the long-listed stories is guaranteed by Solano Publications Ltd. in the Anthology, “I Am Listening”. We are delighted to have received coverage in many countries in Africa and the support given to our writers by the Johannesburg Book Review in publishing the three winning stories. We aim to develop a publishing network throughout Africa as well as outreach programs to bring our published writers closer to their readers.
The Awards of Kenya Shillings 100,000 shall be given to the best story while the 2nd and the 3rd placed shall receive Kenya Shillings 50,000 and 25,000 respectively.