Surgeon wins Kenya’s top literary prize

Sunday Nation columnist Dr. Yusuf Dawood is the winner of this year’s Jomo Kenyata Prize for Literature award. His book, Eye of the Storm, beat two other nominees; Terrorists of the Aberdare by Ng’ang’a Mbugua, and Lone Dancer (EAEP) by Joe Kiarie to scoop the top prize in the English category. In the Kiswahili category the winner is Timothy Arege with his book Kijiba cha Moyo (Longhorn). In the English Youth Category Eva Kasaya’s book Tales of Kasaya (Kwani Trust) won the top prize, while Mlemavu si Mimi (OUP) by Ipalei Godfrey. In the children’s Englisifh category the winner was journalist Peter Kimani with his book Upside Down (OUP). The kiswahili category was taken by Q FM presenter Nuhu Bakari with his book Wema wa Mwana (Longhorn). Winners in the adult categories took home sh150,000 while those in the youth and children’s categories got themselves sh75,000 each. The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature is awarded every two years and is sponsored by the Text Book Center.