2019 Writivism & Koffi Addo Prizes: Conversations With Shortlisted Writers
Resoketswe Manenzhe tells me her writing is inspired by the stories in the village. In her short stories, we meet Maserumo, a powerful voice that carries us through the story, who tells us a mystery of several deaths, most unexplained, but starting with the death of a newborn, Little Samantha. It is a build up of a rumor that quickly turns into a beer-infused hysteria over sudden deaths.
And lastly, I explore Ghana Boy with Frances, a story about a neighborhood criminal, who started with petty theft until one day he is picked up by the police. His story is a tale of familial love and ignorance of his misdoings. But mostly it is a heartbreaking tale of police brutality in Nigeria.
These three women are rightly placed on this shortlist and I look forward to read more works from them.
~ Kearoma Mosata, Fiction Interviewer
Join us from 6 August 2019 as Africa in Dialogue publishes individual conversations with all the Writivism shortlisted writers.
Meet the Curators
Tshepo Phokoje is a writer from Palapye, Botswana. She writes both Fictional and Creative non-fictional short stories as well as Poetry. Her first fictional short story was published as part of 36 Kisses; an Anthology of Short stories & Poems by Botswana Society of Human Development, which was aimed at promoting commercial tourism. Her poem Battered, Bruised & Abused, is part of Silent No More, a PDF anthology about Gender Based Violence. Her poem “FEAR” has been featured in the May 2018 edition of Writers Space Africa, an international online magazine. In her spare time, she edits her fellow writers’ works. She is an overall lover of Arts and hopes to start her own blog, which will focus on Mental Health, Gender Based Violence, Loss, Motherhood, the ripple effects of unemployment and/or liquidation of mines and Survival stories
Kearoma Mido Mosata is a Motswana writer and blogger. She was shortlisted for the inaugural BSHD Tourism Fiction Award in 2016. Her work appears in print in 36 Kisses and Other Short Stories & Poems and as part of It’s The Devil You Know- Collection of Works on Gender Based Violence. More of her works are online on Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review and Arts & Africa. Kearoma writes about a lot of things but lately, her writing has been inspired by the idea of displacement, the self and home. Her first Non-fictional short story “This Is How We Grieve” is part of the recently published 3rd Journal of The Single Story Foundation.