The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award winner for 2016 was announced this week. Cape Town-based poet and philosopher, Athol Williams was awarded for his poem Visit at Tea Time. Williams also won this prize last year for his poem Streetclass Diseases.
Our beloved Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o didn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. Again! This time, it went to Bob Dylan and that announcement unleashed as many unhappy tweets, posts and articles as it did congratulations and explanations as to why Dylan deserved the honour. Well, we’ll let you google all those for yourself and form your own opinion.
While everyone was anticipating the Nobel Prize, the Toji Cultural Foundation based in Korea, announced that it will be awarding Ngũgĩ with the Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award later this month. The award is in recognition of his outstanding literary achievements. At $90000, the Pak Kyong-ni Literature award is one of the richest awards in worldwide1)Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o awarded South Korea’s prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award http://thisisafrica.me/ngugi-wa-thiongo-awarded-south-koreas-prestigious-pak-kyong-ni-literature-award/.
Plagiarism shook up the African literary scene when a star poet Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga was accused of raiding and pillaging the work of numerous poets across the internet. The first statement came from The Missing Slate. In August, K’Oyuga was a recent recipient of the first Okot p’Bitek Prize for Poetry in Translation awarded by Writivism Festival in Uganda as well as the first Nyanza Literary Festival poetry prize. Since then, several organisations and publications have released statements.
“…upon finding further evidence of the same on Redscar’s part, specifically the poems he submitted to NALIF as part of his portfolio, we, the NALIF Board, hereby, with immediate effect, rescind the Poetry Award given to him on August 27, 2016 in Kisumu City, Kenya. 2)Nyanza Literary Festival rescinds Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga’s Poetry Award. 10 Oct. 2016. http://www.jamesmurua.com/nyanza-literary-festival-rescinds-redscar-mcodindo-koyugas-poetry-award/”
He has since lost his position of Poetry Editor at Enkare Review
“His name has been expunged from our Masthead. Before then, Redscar had also sent poems to the magazine for publication and these were published on our website. The said poems have since been pulled down and will no longer appear in any publication bearing our name, after our own investigations revealed that these too had been plagiarised. 3)Facebook post. 11 Oct. 2016. https://www.facebook.com/EnkareReview/posts/1780416795564480”
The twentieth Poetry Africa was held this week at UKZN, Howard College while fiery #FeesMustFall protests were going down at the Westville campus. Our poet elder, Don Mattera was awarded the inaugural Mazisi Kunene Poetry Award.
I am indeed happy to receive this award. I have received so many other awards, but it’s not about the award. It’s about the person whose name carries the award and a person like Mazisi Kunene was a giant in my life. He was a great poet and the only persona I can say that matched him was Es’kia Mphahlele, and maybe a few others.” Don Mattera4)Seeth, Avantika. “Kudos for Don Mattera.” Kudos for Don Mattera, 9 Oct. 2016, http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/kudos-for-don-mattera-20161009-2.
We learnt from the Writivism blog that Panashe Chigumadzi will be a publishing her next book with NB Publishers. The book titled Beautiful Hair for a Landless People and is likely to extend on her arguments which can be read in New York Times article and on News 24.
Her debut novel Sweet Medicine is also up for the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award at the eleventh South African Literary Awards. Sweet Medicine goes up against Buys by Willem Anker and Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho’s The Violent Gesture Of Life.
The SALA nominees were announced this week:
For the body of their work, TT Cloete and Chris van Wyk will receive the Posthumous Literary Award. Prof Johan Lenake and Ingrid Winterbach will receive Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards.
The winners will be announced at an event on the 7th of November.
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|1.||↑||Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o awarded South Korea’s prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award http://thisisafrica.me/ngugi-wa-thiongo-awarded-south-koreas-prestigious-pak-kyong-ni-literature-award/|
|2.||↑||Nyanza Literary Festival rescinds Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga’s Poetry Award. 10 Oct. 2016. http://www.jamesmurua.com/nyanza-literary-festival-rescinds-redscar-mcodindo-koyugas-poetry-award/|
|3.||↑||Facebook post. 11 Oct. 2016. https://www.facebook.com/EnkareReview/posts/1780416795564480|
|4.||↑||Seeth, Avantika. “Kudos for Don Mattera.” Kudos for Don Mattera, 9 Oct. 2016, http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/kudos-for-don-mattera-20161009-2.|