Uganda’s Anena Brings Home 2018 Wole Soyinka Literature Prize

Ugandan poet and journalist Harriet Anena has won the 2018 Wole Soyinka prize for literature in Africa.

Ms Anena beat 110 contestants from 11 African nations who submitted their works in poetry.

In the end, two submissions stood out, one of them Anena’s, and the other Nigerian Poet professor Tanure Ojaide

Upon being announced winner on Sunday,Anena took to her social media platforms to celebrate victory.

“Am super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Sonyinka Prize of literature in Africa 2018, from my book A Nation in Labour” she wrote.

Anena was handed the prize, a medal and $10,000 by Wole Sonyinka to whom the award is attributed, to in Lagos Nigeria

Her work has been described as a collection of social conscience poetry that paints a picture of the giant politician, the restless citizen, the clueless youth, those struggling to heal from life scratches and the ones hunting for words to describe fiery flames of affection.

The award is carried out every after two years and since its inception in 2005 it’s the first time a Ugandan has won it.


Anena’s book dubbed A Nation in Labor was first published in 2015 and since then it was fetched her a lot of recognition in the Literature world.

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