Award winning Zimbabwean writer Philani A Nyoni has been shortlisted for the 2018 African Writers Award for his short story, “Celestial Incest”.
Philani is the only Zimbabwean nominated for the award, the African Writers Award (AWA) is annually hosted by the African Development Trust and the award is given to writers of African descent with stories that are unique, impactful and thought-provoking.
“I’m stoked, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment. On the other side is the grief that the model for the artwork is no longer with us” said the excited Nyoni.
“I’m glad she read it before she passed on; she got the flower while she could still smell it. In a way I guess it’s what every artist hopes for: that their passion outlive them” this he added making reference to poet Rae Lyric who passed on early this year.
The short story is a piece of sci-fi/speculative writing about a tantric encounter between two celestial beings from a distant time and place who meet on earth.
The winners will be announced during the 2018 African Writers Dinner/Awards. This event will be held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja at 5:30 PM. The winners will also receive their awards during the event. Nyoni is nominated with nine authors from other African countries.
Philani Nyoni has won a number of awards which include National Arts and Merit Awards (NAMA) for “Once A Lover Always A Fool”, Outstanding Poet (NAMA 2016), Special Mention in Outstanding Work of Fiction for Mars His Sword, (NAMA 2017) and Outstanding Literary Work for Mars His Sword, (BAA 2017).
In 2015 PAN set a record of the ‘Most Shakesperean Sonnets in a Manuscript’. When William Shakespeare died at the age of 52, he had a collection of 153 sonnets, Nyoni wrote 306 at 26.