By +Caroline Anande Uliwa @CarolAnande-Instagram @CarolAnande-Facebook @CarolAnande-Twitter
|From left Maria Makasi & Buliba Magambo next to one of|
the judges of the literary competetion Laila Nanji 'Andika na Soma'
at the launch of their chapbook inside Soma Book Cafe
grounds in Dar es Salaam recently
|Director of SOMA learning & readership|
Agency Mme Demere Kitunga, at the
launch of the chapbook giving an
inspiring speech to the audience present
“You know, a writer feels deeply. Something always irked me to say something, I thought it not ok to keep it to myself. Thinking on what better way to voice my thoughts, I fell for the written word…” Buliba
Buliba Magambo is among 10 young Tanzania writers, who were shortlisted in last year’s short story competition ‘Andika na Soma’. He was in form VI at Benjamin William Mkapa Sec School, when he received the news of being selected in the top ten. Currently he is studying Mass Communications at Dar es Salaam University. ‘Andika na Soma’ calls for short story entries in Kiswahili from secondary school students all over Tanzania. Now running in its fourth year, it is organised by E&D publishers and sponsored by the Danish Embassy to Tanzania. http://www.somabookcafe.com
“You can now call yourselves writers as you are published…it would be a shame though, if you ended on this pages. A real writer keeps writing, its like a knife if you don’t use it, it goes blunt…” Mme Demere Kitunga, Editor & Director of E&D publishers Ltd. Giving a word of encouragement to the young writers at the launch of their chapbook, detailing the processes of the birthing a book, she further congratulated them for daring to pen their stories urging them to keep doing so, for if we keep reading stories from other countries then we affirm a mediocre belief that we are not good enough or creative enough as other cultures.
|Facilitators at the launch of the 1st Andika na Soma chapbook|
left George Lauwo Manger at Soma and Laila Ally Nanji Asst
Lecturer in the Kiswahili Department at the University
of Dar es Salaam, also one of the judges of this literary competition
Listening to her journey in penning this short story, which involved her learning to use the computer for the first time. Where she lost her work twice a result of power cuts and her rookie experience with PC’s. It was to glimpse a courageous young woman, who despite being a science student going through form six finals preparations, with little experience in writing literature. Went on to scoop the second prize in last years ‘Andika na Soma’ competition, which had her taking 300,000Tshs cash and books to the same value.
|Among the lady writers in this chapbook, left Maria Makasi|
and Anneth Mirambo both now graduated from
secondary school awaiting university
As this chapbook was allotted limited funding due to the finite sponsorship of this competition. It will be given to each of the writer’s secondary schools for their libraries, a copy for each to the contributing writers. The remaining few copies will be retained for public reading at Soma Book Cafe. Maria & Buliba attested how ‘the written word lives on’. Its commendable how these young writers have gone on to tell vivid stories of their landscape.
This year entries to ‘Andika na Soma’ competition under the theme globalisation, are closed. Over 400 short stories were submitted ranging from 31 Secondary schools all over the country. The winners will be announced by September this year.
First published in the East African Newspaper..