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Kenyan Author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Nominated for 2021 International Booker Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has become the first writer to be nominated for the prestigious International Booker Prize as both author and translator. He is also the first nominee to write in an indigenous African language.

Veteran Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has recently been nominated for the prestigious 2021 International Booker Prize for his novel The Perfect Nine. His nomination is a historic one in several notable ways. Firstly, he is the first writer to ever be nominated in the categories of both author and translator. Additionally, he is the first nominee ever to have written a work in an indigenous African language—Gikuyu, the native language of millions of Kenyans in the central parts of the country.

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Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste Make 2020 Booker Prize Shortlist

Zimbabwean literary giant Tsitsi Dangarembga and Ethiopian-born Maaza Mengiste make the Booker Prize's most diverse shortlist to date.

Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste have made it into the Booker Prize 2020 shortlist. The announcement was made last night through a live watch party on Booker Prize' Facebook page.

Mengiste shared her surprise at making the shortlist in a funny sparsely worded tweet.

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Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste Make 2020 Booker Prize Longlist

Zimbabwean literary giant Tsitsi Dangarembga and Ethiopian-born Maaza Mengiste appear in the latest Booker Prize longlist.

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