Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature 2015, Winners

1) Adult English Category

BOOK: Dust
AUTHOR: Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
PUBLISHER: Kwani Trust.

Dust

Dust

2) Adult Kiswahili Category

BOOK: Pendo la Karaha
AUTHOR: John Habwe
PUBLISHER: Moran Publishers (EA) Ltd.

Pendo la Karaha

Pendo la Karaha

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Nyuso za Mwanamke – Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Nyuso za Mwanamke - Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Nyuso za Mwanamke – Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Nyuso za Mwanamke

Said A. Mohamed, 2010

Sasa Sema (Longhorn Publishers)

Msichana Nana

“Nana, msichana mrembo anajipata katikati ya jamii yenye mielekeo ya kumfinyanga mwanamke na kumyumbisha kama kayamba. Kila anayemwona Nana anamchukulia kuwa ni pambo la mji lenye nyuso nyingi au llisilokuwa na uso hata mmoja…” Continue reading

NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA – Tawasifu ya Prof. Ken Walibora

Baada ya tamthilia yake ya pili [MBAYA WETU] kuingia madukani, Prof. Ken Walibora ‘kaibua kitabu kinachoeleza safari ya maisha yake ilovyouwa na inavyozidi kuwa kila jua linapochomoza.

Uketo wa Lugha

“Nasikia Sauti ya Mama” ina uketo wa lugha ya kiswahili inayodhihirisha ukwasi al’onao profesa Ken na mno, weledi wake wa kuyaeleza mengi kwa njia ya kusisimua hivyo kumnata msomaji.

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Heko kwa wanalonghorn Publishers kwa kujitoma katika hili la tawasifu: NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA (Ken Walibora) na “MBALI NA NYUMBANI (Adam Shafi) ni tuzo bora kwetu sote!

NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA - Tawasifu ya Prof. Ken Walibora

NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA – Tawasifu ya Prof. Ken Walibora

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Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine – Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine - Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine – Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine ni mkusanyiko unaoleta pamoja mawazo, hisia na fikra za waandishi mahiri kuhusu jamii. Ni juhudi za kuakisi ukweli wa hali halisi ilivyo na kumchorea msomaji taswira kamili kuhusu madhila ya uongozi, njaa, dawa za kulevya na mahusiano ya kijamii; kwa ujumla yaliyodorora. Wakati huo huo, wanamzindua juu ya mabadiliko; kuu likiwa kupatikana kwa katiba mpya.

Waandishi basi hawakuzungumzia madhila tu ila wanapendekeza jinsi suluhu ya baadhi ya matatizo inavyoweza kupatikana. Tashtiti, maswali ya balagha na tashbihi zilizoshamiri katika nyingi za hadithi hizi zinadhihirisha uchungu, kero, dhiki na kiu ya waandishi; msukumo wa kutaka kuhusika na kujihusisha na kupatikana kwa jamii bora. Wanaamini haya ndio matamanio ya wasomaji na jamii kwa jumla.

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Scarlet Song by Mariama Bâ

Scarlet Song by Mariama Bâ

Scarlet Song by Mariama Bâ

Mariama Bâ (April 17, 1929 – August 17, 1981) was a Senegalese author and feminist, who wrote in French. Born in Dakar, she was raised a Muslim, but at an early age came to criticise what she perceived as inequalities between the sexes resulting from African traditions. Raised by her traditional grandparents, she had to struggle even to gain an education, because they did not believe that girls should be taught. Bâ later married a Senegalese member of Parliament, Obèye Diop, but divorced him and was left to care for their nine children.

Her frustration with the fate of African women—as well as her ultimate acceptance of it—is expressed in her first novel, So Long a Letter. In it she depicts the sorrow and resignation of a woman who must share the mourning for her late husband with his second, younger wife. Abiola Irele called it “the most deeply felt presentation of the female condition in African fiction”. This short book was awarded the first Noma Prize for Publishing in Africa in 1980.[1] Continue reading

Maisha Kitendawili – John Habwe.

Riwaya hii ya kusisimua inatuingiza katika bahari tesi ambamo asiyesimama imara huzama ji! Unapoisoma unachukuliwa na wimbi la vitushi vya hadithi iliyotambwa kwa hadithi ya kipekee.

Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.
John Habwe.

Maisha Kitendawili - John Habwe.

Maisha Kitendawili – John Habwe.

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“The Politics of Betrayal in Kenya” by Joe Khamisi

– Former MP Joe Khamisi has authored a thought-provoking book entitled, The Politics of Betrayal in Kenya, aimed at‘exposing the rot in the Kenya political system’. The book illustrates how the electorate has been betrayed their political ‘leaders’.

It mainly centres on the politically shaky period between 2001 and 2008 and particularly on president Kibaki’s first term in office (when the author was himself a member of parliament). It also delves into historical happenings like President Moi’s rule (1978-2002) mentions instances of gov’t repression and grand corruption. Continue reading