Jalada celebrates writers while readers have exciting story to read,  in its inaugural literary prize.  Two Nigerians Suleiman AgbonkhianmenBuhari and NebeolisaOkwudili won in the short story and poetry categories. Each winner of this year’s Jalada Prize will receive cash prizes, and be invited to the 2015 Storymoja festival in September.

Lillian AkampuriaAuja, a Ugandan writer won this year’s overall prize for her short story “Where Pumpkin Leaves Dwell”.  Ajua a lover of words, hopes to move the world with them. Her stories have appeared in Suubi, an online magazine by the African Writers’ Trust, and ‘A memory this Size’ The Caine Prize anthology 2013. Her poems have appeared online in ‘The Revelator’, and Bakwa Magazine. Her poem ‘Soft Tonight’ won The BN Poetry Award in 2009. She is a member of FEMRITE, and some of her work appears there as well. “Where Pumpkin Leaves Dwell” is a story is about the experience of a young child, pati in a village.

Nigeria’s Suleiman AgbonkhianmenBuhari  came second for his short story “Discovering Time Travel”. Buhari , a daytime prosaist and nighttime poet who resides in Lagos. He is working on his first novel and editing an anthology of poems. Buhari also attended the Farafinawriters workshop in 2013 and the Port Harcourt Book festival Writers Group later that year. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the BabaishaNiwe Poetry award and his work has also been published in AfricanBookClub.com and other websites and newspapers. “Discovering Time Travel” is a story about science, a narrative by  the storyteller to the listener, how science have travelled in the space of time.

Zimbabwean writer Ivor W. Hartmann who is editor, publisher, visual artist, and author of Mr. Goop ,Vivlia, 2010 came third for his short story “Last Wave”, a short story that looks at the environment around us through story of an Archaeologist TromThunbuld. Hartmann who was awarded The Golden Baobab Prize  for ‘Mr. Goop’ in 2009, he was nominated for the UMA Award  for ‘Earth Rise’, 2009. Hartmann is a  finalist for the Yvonne Vera Award ‘A Mouse Amongst Men’, 2011, and selected for The 20 in Twenty: The Best Short Stories of South Africa’s Democracy A Mouse Amongst Men, July 2014. His writing has appeared in African Writing Magazine, Wordsetc, Munyori Literary Journal, Something Wicked, The Apex Book of World SF V2, Litro, and other publications. He runs the StoryTime micro-press, publisher of the African Roar annual anthologies and AfroSF, and is on the advisory board of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.

In the Poetry category, Nigeria’s OkwudiliNebeolisa’s  won for his poetry on water, from the poem Mermaid. Okwudili has his works featured or forthcoming in Ambit Magazine, Saraba magazine, Yuan Yang Journal, Kalahari Review, The New Black Magazine, Munyori Literary Journal, and in national dailies. He won 3rd place in the 2011 ASiS international Writing Competition in the poetry category.