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AFRICAN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

Kinyanjui Kombani

Finding Colombia by Kinyanjui Kombani (Kenya) is the winner of the 2018 CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. 

The CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature celebrates the many wonderful authors who write engaging, culturally relevant books specifically aimed at young adults ages 12-18. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Winner and Honour book as well as the three finalists.


Ruby Yayra Goka

To Kiss a Girl (Ghana) by Ruby Yayra Goka, published by Digibooks Ghana Ltd receives the 2018 CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature Honour Book

The 2018 Finalists for the CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature are:
The Lion’s Whisper (Ghana) by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie, published by Kwadwoan Publishers
Ebony Girl (Ghana) by Vera Akumiah, published by Kwadwoan Publishers
Somebody’s Daughter (Ethiopia) by Hiwot Walelign published by Mega Publishing

These fantastic authors participated in two events hosted by the Ghana Book Trust during the Ghana International Book Fair. On Friday afternoon over 100 students and 10 teachers participated in an exciting ‘Read with Me’ event. The celebrity Reading Champion Okyeame Kwame aka “The Rap Doctor” is a Ghanaian musician and songwriter who spoke to the youth about his own personal journey and how reading has helped him in his success. The authors read from their books and answered many interesting and engaging questions from the young people who attended. In the evening, the authors were presented with their awards accompanied by speeches and presentations from the Ghanaian publishing world.

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CODE’s Burt Award for Ethiopian Young Adult Literature
CODE-Ethiopia
P.O. Box 9443, Arat Kilo Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Codeethiopia2010.11@gmail.com / nemabehutiye@gmail.com
+251 111 266 563 / +251 0919 -34-38-49 / +2510913-00-39-51
www.code-ethiopia.org

CODE’s Burt Award for Ghanaian Young Adult Literature
Ghana Book Trust
No. 16 IPS Road, Legon, Accra, Ghana
P.O. Box LG536, Legon, Accra, Ghana
info@ghanabooktrust.com
+233 302 502 495 / +233 244 383 724
www.ghanabooktrust.com

CODE’s Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature
National Book Development Council of Kenya
Golf Course Phase 1, Ngobit Estate, House No. 116B, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 10904-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
info@nationalbookcouncilkenya.org
+254 770 108556
www.nationalbookcouncilkenya.org

CODE’s Burt Award for Tanzanian Young Adult Literature
Children’s Book Project for Tanzania
Kijitonyama Area, Plot No. 271, Block 44, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
childrensbooktz@gmail.com
+ 255 222 773 392
www.cbp.or.tz

For more information about CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature

Lynn O'Rourke
Program Manager, Literary Awards
CODE
1-800-661-2633
lorourke@code.ngo

Burt Award Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA

CODE-Ethiopia is the local coordinating organization administering the Burt Award in Ethiopia.

Burt Award Ghana

GHANA

The Ghana Book Trust (GBT) is the local coordinating organization administering the Burt Award in Ghana.

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KENYA

National Book Council of Kenya is the local coordinating organization administering the Burt Award in Kenya.

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TANZANIA

The Burt Award in Tanzania is coordinated by the Children's Book Project (CBP), a Tanzanian, award-winning literacy organization.

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