Young Cameroonian writer, Howard Meh Buh is among four winners of this year’s Morland African Writing Scholarships.
The winners were unveiled on Monday, November 23 after the jury met for final selection from the 992 entries received this year.
The other three winners are; Sarah Uheida (Libya), Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) and Kobina Ankomah (Ghana).
They will each received a grant of ₤18,000 (about FCFA 13,1 million) to allow them to take a year off to write a book. The awards are based on submissions which include a book proposal and an excerpt of published writing.
“ Our judges, Muthoni Garland, the Chair, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, and Chuma Nwokolo are familiar with the current African writing universe but they were as pleased as we to find new names popping up from unexpected places, for some of whom English is not their first or second language, » Miles Morland, whose foundation runs the award said.
« The standard was as high as ever. The judges do not favour one type of writing over another but next year I might give them a nudge to favour entries which show the extraordinary wit and humour that for me characterises culture all over the continent, » he added.
Howard Meh Buh who becomes the first ever Cameroonian to win the prize proposed a novel about a four-singer-acapella choir caught up in the crisis in the North West and South West Regions.