Writer Temwani Mgunda has been shortlisted in the 2022 African Writers Awards in the poetry category.
Mgunda has been shortlisted for his poem ‘The Slums of Mbayani’ alongside Akal Mohan from Kenya with the poem ‘Of What We Said’, Edmund Nnane from Cameroon with his poem ‘The Victor’s Psalm’, Joshua Effiong from Nigeria with the poem ‘To Etch on a Soul’ and Isabel Nowemigisha from Uganda with the poem ‘Waiting’.
The other categories are Creative Non-Fiction and Drama as well as Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature and African Teen Writers Award, which has short stories and poetry.
The winners, according to Writers Space Africa, are expected to be announced during the African Writers conference in Cameroon.
Mgunda said yesterday he was excited to be shortlisted and represent Malawi.
“I am excited. This just shows that we are making progress in the literary world although we still need to do more,” he said.
Mgunda has been vibrant in the writing world and has contributed a lot to the literary world including short stories to the country’s weekend newspapers.