Museum of the African Diaspora announces winner of maiden African Literary Award

The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, CA has announced Rémy Ngamije as the winner of its first-ever African Literary Award.

The author of The Eternal Audience of One, the organisers say Ngamije will be honoured at MoAD’s virtual Award Ceremony on 25 September, hosted by African Book Club co-founder Faith Adiele.

Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the founder, chairperson, and artministrator of Doek, an independent arts organisation in Namibia supporting the literary arts. He is also the editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first and only literary magazine, and the founder of the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards and the Doek Literary Festival. Ngamije is also the founding editor of the Doek Anthology.

His debut novel The Eternal Audience of One was first published in South Africa by Blackbird Books and is available worldwide from Scout Press (S&S); it was honoured with a Special Mention at the inaugural Grand Prix Panafricain De Litterature in 2022.

The Museum of the African Diaspora’s African Literary Award recognises an African author who has produced a work of literary excellence and taken a leadership role in promoting writing and literacy in their local communities.

A shortlist of orks by five writers—including Sulaiman Addonia, Wayétu Moore, Sisonke Msimang, Rémy Ngamije, and Mũkoma Wa Ngũgĩ—were chosen from among books by 32 authors whose work has been read by the Museum’s monthly African Book Club. 

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