AWDF announces participants for Creative Non Fiction Writers Workshop

The African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) in collaboration with the Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE) is organizing its first creative non-fiction writer’s workshop from 21st -31st July in Kampala, Uganda.

Twenty- two African women writers have been selected after a competitive application process and among them are 4 Ghanaians; Abena Kyere, Deborah Frempong, Fafa Yvonne Quashigah and Rita Nketiah. The lead facilitators for this workshop are award winning writers Mamle Kabu and Yewande Omotoso.

Mamle Kabu

Mamle Kabu

Mamle Kabu is an award winning writer. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies and journals.  In 2009 she was nominated for the Caine Prize  for African Writing for her short story “The End of Skill” published in Dreams, Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African Writing, edited by Helon Habila and Kadija Sesay, Picador Africa, 2008.

In 2011, Mamle won the Burt Award for African Literature for her young adult novel ‘The Kaya-Girl,’ published under the name Mamle Wolo.  Mamle Kabu participated in the  Creative Fiction master class organized by Mbaasem Foundation.

Yewande Omotoso

Yewande Omotoso

Yewande Omotoso trained as an architect at the University of Cape Town, to which she returned after working as an architect for several years, to complete a Masters degree in Creative Writing.

Her debut novel Bomboy, published in 2011 was shortlisted for the Etisalat, 2012 Sunday Times Literary Awards as well as the MNet Film Award, it won the South African Literary Award (SALA) for First Time Author Prize. Yewande Omotoso taught the creative writing master class organized by Mbaasem Foundation and AWDF last March.

AWDF’s creative non-fiction workshop aims to support African women writers who seek to use the power of the written word to highlight issues around women’s rights and social justice. Theo Sowa, AWDF’s CEO states:

“We know that as African women, we are in the best position to tell the world our multiple, diverse stories and yet those stories continue to be told predominantly by others. So we are delighted to have such a diverse and talented group of African women writers taking part in our very first writers’ workshop and intend to facilitate relationships between these writers and media outlets all over the world in order to amplify the voices of African women.”

The successful applicants for the workshop are as follows:

  • Abena Kyere – Ghana
  • Adegbeye Olutimehin – Nigeria
  • Alexis Teyie – Kenya
  • Amina Doherty – Nigeria
  • Beatrice Lamwaka – Uganda
  • Chinelo Sylvia Onwualu – Nigeria
  • Comfort Mussa – Cameroon
  • Deborah Frempong – Ghana
  • Eunice Kilonzo – Kenya
  • Fafa Yvonne Quashigah – Ghana
  • Florence Khaxas – Namibia
  • Fungai Rufaro Machirori – Zimbabwe
  • Hannah Wanja Maina – Uganda
  • Jennifer Thorpe – South Africa
  • Kagure Mugo – South Africa/Kenya
  • Kechi Nomu – Nigeria
  • Moiyattu Banya – Sierra Leone
  • Njoki Wamai – Kenya
  • Rita Nketiah – Ghana
  • Ritah Atwongyeire – Uganda
  • Tendai Garwe – Zimbabwe
  • Valérie Dginia Bah – Benin/Haiti

for more info: http://www.awdf.org

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