Treeland: the Land of Laughter

2010 First Place Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: Tanzania
Publisher: 
Mkuki Na Nyota

Treeland: the Land of Laughter

August 10, 2009 - CODE anounced the first winners of its inaugural Burt Award for African Literature in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

1st place - $12,000 CAD to Mkama Mwijarubi for Treeland: the Land of Laughter


Treeland is an imaginary land in an imaginary era.  It is populated by a jolly people that love two things above everything else:  laughter and trees, hence, Treeland: The Land of Laughter.  As Treeland’s warrior King Majabe nears 100 years and despite his smiling and laughing face, he is worried for not having a male heir.  He has a willful, assertive, charming and very beautiful daughter, Princess Zuri, but in Treeland, daughters are not expected to reign.

A struggle of wills and wits ensues between Zuri and her father and the age old patriarchal traditions that he represents.  This tale is at once traditional and current, conventional and unconventional, modern and post-modern, existential but optimistic.  Treeland: The Land of Laughter is a novel intended for young people, but readers of all ages will also enjoy it.

Author:  The author, Mkama Mwijarubi, has been writing stories from an early age.  His first juvenile story, titled Mbulabesi was published in 2001; Treeland is his second story.

Publisher:  Mkuki Na Nyota  www.mkukinanyota.com

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Treeland: the Land of Laughter

August 10, 2009 - CODE anounced the first winners of its inaugural Burt Award for African Literature in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

1st place - $12,000 CAD to Mkama Mwijarubi for Treeland: the Land of Laughter


Treeland is an imaginary land in an imaginary era.  It is populated by a jolly people that love two things above everything else:  laughter and trees, hence, Treeland: The Land of Laughter.  As Treeland’s warrior King Majabe nears 100 years and despite his smiling and laughing face, he is worried for not having a male heir.  He has a willful, assertive, charming and very beautiful daughter, Princess Zuri, but in Treeland, daughters are not expected to reign.

A struggle of wills and wits ensues between Zuri and her father and the age old patriarchal traditions that he represents.  This tale is at once traditional and current, conventional and unconventional, modern and post-modern, existential but optimistic.  Treeland: The Land of Laughter is a novel intended for young people, but readers of all ages will also enjoy it.

Author:  The author, Mkama Mwijarubi, has been writing stories from an early age.  His first juvenile story, titled Mbulabesi was published in 2001; Treeland is his second story.

Publisher:  Mkuki Na Nyota  www.mkukinanyota.com

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