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Moroccan writer Leila Slimani awarded France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt
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Arts, Culture and Sport Moroccan writer Leila Slimani awarded France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt

Moroccan writer Leila Slimani has won France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for her novel “Chanson douce” (loosely translated “Sweet Song”). Slimani is only the second African woman to win the prestigious award after French-Senegalese author Marie NDiaye won the award in 2009 for her novel Trois femmes puissantes (Three Powerful Women).

Ngugi wa Thiong’o awarded South Korea’s prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award
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Arts, Culture and Sport Ngugi wa Thiong’o awarded South Korea’s prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award

Accomplished Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been awarded the prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award in recognition of his outstanding literary achievements. Thiong’o is the sixth recipient of the award since its inauguration in 2011 and he was recognized by the review committee for his outstanding work, which have been a “great influence on world literature”. Thiong’o will receive the award later this month.

Zimbabwean photographer, Henry Hakulandaba scoops African award
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Arts, Culture and Sport Zimbabwean photographer, Henry Hakulandaba scoops African award

Zimbabwean photographer, Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, is basking in the glory of his recent success after scooping an award in a prestigious photography contest. Hakulandaba was named among the three winners in Agility’s Africa 2016 Photo Competition. Kenya’s Stephen Simiyu, and Esdore Hakizimana from Uganda were also honoured for their breath-taking pictures.