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Congratulations to Winners of the Inaugural Gerald Kraak Award

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Gerald Kraak was a Program Executive for Atlantic’s Reconciliation & Human Rights Program in South Africa, and an award-winning author and lifelong activist for human rights. We are pleased this award has been set up in his name.

The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation, are delighted to announce the joint winners of the Gerald Kraak Award 2017: Farah Ahamed for ‘Poached Eggs’ and Sarah Waiswa (pictured, above) for ‘Stranger in a Familiar Land’.

The first publication in the Gerald Kraak Anthology series. Learn more >

The winners were announced on Africa Day, 25 May at the official launch of the first in the Gerald Kraak Anthology series, titled Pride and Prejudice: The Gerald Kraak Anthology of African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality. The kaleidoscopic collection comprises the most exceptional written and photographic entries for the annual Gerald Kraak Award, which was established in 2016 by the Other Foundation, in partnership with the Jacana Literary Foundation.

Offering important African perspectives gathered from the continent, this inaugural edition features works of fiction, journalism, photography and poetry. The pieces are multi-layered, brave and stirring. They represent a new wave of fresh storytelling that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.

The winners were selected by a judging panel made up of distinguished gender activist Sisonke Msimang (chair of the panel and series editor), prominent social and political analyst Eusebius McKaiser, and leading African feminist Sylvia Tamale.

Farah Ahamed, ‘Poached Eggs’ (Fiction, Kenya) 
A subtle, slow and careful rendering of the everyday rhythms of domestic terror that pays homage to the long history of women’s resistance. Written with wit, humour and grit, the story also sings of freedom, resistance and the desire to be unbound.

Sarah Waiswa, ‘Stranger in a Familiar Land’ (Photography, Kenya) 
This collection of photos showcases the best of African storytelling. The images take risks and speak of danger and subversion yet, at the same time, they are deeply rooted in places that are familiar to urban Africans.

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A video tribute by friends of Gerald Kraak on the occasion of the award.

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