Kwani Trust a 2010 Prince Claus Award Laureate

Written by Kwani · September 7, 2010

Nairobi, Tuesday 7thSeptember 2010

Kwani Trust has been awarded a 2010 Prince Claus Award, given annually in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of Culture and Development. Each year, this prestigious award run by the Prince Claus Fund invites an expanding network of colleagues, partners and experts in artistic and cultural fields that are relevant to the Fund’s mission to nominate candidates for the award.

Kwani Trust is honored to be among the 9 winners of the EUR 25,000 Award, which will be presented in Nairobi in December 2010 by the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya, HE. Laetitia van den Assum. The Trust plans to use the award money as a seed fund for a manuscript project that produces novel-length manuscripts between 2011 and 2013, with the project kicking off in early 2011. Further details will be available through the press and the Kwani Trust website from December 2010.

About The Prince Claus Awards
Since 1997, The Prince Claus Awards are presented annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Awards are given annually to individuals, groups, organisations or institutions that have made outstanding contributions to culture and development within the Prince Claus Fund’s areas of interest. The two essential criteria for selection for a Prince Claus Award are the outstanding quality of a laureate’s work and the positive effect of their work on a wider cultural or social field. Information on past laureates is available on . The Prince Claus Fund interprets culture in a broad sense to encompass all kinds of artistic and intellectual disciplines, science, media and education. The Prince Claus Fund is based in Amsterdam and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Post Code Lottery. Each year in December, the Principal Prince Claus Award of EUR 100,000 is presented to the Principal Laureate in Amsterdam.Netherlands Ambassadors present the Prince Claus Awards of EUR 25,000 to the other recipients in their respective countries

About Kwani Trust

Kwani Trust is a Kenyan based literary network dedicated to developing quality creative writing and committed to the growth of the creative industry through the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing, offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks.

Our vision is to create a society that uses its stories to see itself more coherently.

Our flagship publication, Kwani?, is a journal founded by some of Kenya’s most exciting new writers and has 5 print editions to date, each containing more than 300 pages of new journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cartoons, photographs, cutting edge academic papers, ideas, literary travel writing & creative non-fiction. The Trust additionally publishes the Kwani-ni? Series (small pocket size short story collections), and after the 2007/08 Post Election Violence, published a Visual Narrative titled Kenya Burning in partnership with The GoDown Arts Centre.

Kwani Trust also curates various literary events: Kwani? Open Mic, a monthly poetry event; Sunday Salon Nairobi, a prose reading series; writers’ forums, public debates, workshops and competitions; and the biennial Kwani? Literary Festival, which features continental and global cultural figures.

For Press Enquiries, Please Contact:
Nancy Onyango
Marketing Officer

For Details on the Manuscripts’ Project, Please Contact:
Angela Wachuka
Executive Director

Kwani Trust
Physical Address: Off Riverside Drive, Opposite Chiromo Campus, Nairobi
Mailing Address: P.0 BOX 2895, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: + 254 020 4441801 Fax: + 254 020 4441802
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8 Responses to “Kwani Trust a 2010 Prince Claus Award Laureate”

  1. Pascal Mailu on September 8th, 2010 8:48 am

    Congratulations Kwani Trust. Your role in promoting creative writing in Kenya is critical, and you are doing a superb job.

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  3. Mechtild van den Hombergh on September 8th, 2010 9:33 am

    Congrats! A prestigious price indeed. The Dutch know who to pick .

  4. Waigwa on September 8th, 2010 12:54 pm

    congrats Kwani, I have always held you guys in high esteem and when i met you liked your ideas even: the hottest writing out of Africa.

  5. Waigwa Ndiangui on September 8th, 2010 12:57 pm

    Congrats Kwani, for your sacrifice dedication and hard work. truly the hottest writing.

  6. Ndiritu Wa Wahome on September 8th, 2010 7:09 pm

    Wow! Bravo Kwani!

  7. Michael Kariuki on September 9th, 2010 1:01 pm

    Kenya rarely gets such awards. Based strictly on merit. This is earth-shattering. Believe it or not.

  8. Kiplagat Kandie on September 11th, 2010 2:42 pm

    congrats Kwani! your dedication and commitment to promote creative writing has truly earned you the prize!

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