Miles Morland Foundation

Morland Scholarship Winners

2017

Alemseged Tesfai

I was born in the town of Adi Quala on 19 October 1944. I went to various elementary and secondary schools in Eritrea and Ethiopia. In high school, I loved to read, write essays and participate in debating and oratorical contests. In 1962, I won the Ethiopian National Schools Oratorical Contest held in Addis Ababa.…
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F.T.Kola (2017)

F.T. Kola was born in South Africa and grew up in Australia, living in the UK and USA as an adult. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize. My novel is best described as a coming-of-age…
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Eloghosa Osunde (2017)

Eloghosa Osunde is a Nigerian writer and visual artist whose work revolves around mental health, sexuality and the psychology of identity and interpersonal intimacies. She is an alumna of the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop. Following the workshop, her selection of vignettes ‘Shapes’ was edited and published online by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her short memoir ‘Don’t Let It Bury You’ has also been published…
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Bryony Rheam (2017)

Bryony Rheam is an author and teacher who lives in Bulawayo with her partner and their two children. She has had ten short stories published in various anthologies and, in 2009, her debut novel, This September Sun, was published. It won Best First Book at the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association Awards in 2010, is a…
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Elnathan John (2017)

A Concubine and a Slave Set in the Ningi mountains (in what is now Bauchi State in northern Nigerian) between 1847 and 1903, A Concubine and a Slave examines the intersection between the lives of a woman who escaped the orthodoxy of the Sokoto Caliphate after becoming the ‘concubine’ to an emir and that of…
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Morland Writing Scholarships 2017 Winners Announcement

  Morland Writing Scholarships for 2017 The judges met on 4th December to decide on the four new Morland Writing Scholars for 2017. We had a record entry of 550 submissions and a short-list of 21. The standard was so high and the competition so fierce that the judges couldn’t decide on the best four…
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2016

Nneoma Ike-Njoku (2016)

Nneoma Ike-Njoku is a Nigerian writer living in New Mexico. She is a recipient of the 2015 Awele Creative Trust Award and an alumna of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, and was longlisted for the Golden Baobab Prize in 2013. She is in her final year at St. John’s College, where she studies French,…
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Lidudumalingani Mqombothi (2016)

The novel is titled Let Your Children Name Themselves. The novel is told in three narrative voices, the dominant being a homosexual boy growing up in a village and the other two being the mother and the father. The reader finds the boy, named Babini, at adolescence, just as he is about to come to…
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Ayesha Harruna Attah (2016)

Ayesha Harruna Attah was born in Accra, Ghana. She attended Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and New York University. The author of three novels, Harmattan Rain, Saturday’s Shadows, and the forthcoming One Hundred Wells, she was a 2014 Africa Centre Artists in Residency Award Laureate and Instituto Sacatar Fellow. Her writing has appeared in the…
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Abdul Adan (2016)

Abdul Adan was born in Somalia, and grew up in the Somali-inhabited northern Kenya. In 2006, he immigrated to the United States and studied English Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. His first short story was published by African-Writing in 2010. Other stories have since appeared in Kwani?, SCARF, Jungle Jim, Okike, Arab World…
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2015

Noo Saro-Wiwa (2015)

Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in England. She attended King’s College London and Columbia University in New York. Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012) is her first book. It was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2012, and was named The Sunday Times Travel…
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Bolaji Odofin (2015)

Bolaji Odofin is a Nigerian writer and journalist. Having completed the novel Tiger In The Sand, she will be writing Ye Gods during her MMF scholarship year. The novel will take the existence and validity of African gods for granted, and narrate events from their perspective. Its central protagonist is a cynical, much put-upon African…
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Fatin Abbas (2015)

Fatin Abbas was born in Khartoum and grew up in New York. She gained a BA in English from Downing College, the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. She is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Hunter College, CUNY. Her fiction has appeared in Freeman’s,…
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Karen Jennings (2015)

Karen Jennings is a South African author. In September 2015 she moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil with her Brazilian husband. Karen holds Masters’ degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. In early 2015 she was awarded a PhD in English Literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal – part…
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Akwaeke Emezi (2015)

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo/Tamil writer and filmmaker born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. She was recently shortlisted for the 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize and her work has been published by Commonwealth Writers, Sable Literary Magazine, Specter Magazine, and the 2015 Caine Prize anthology, Lusaka Punk and Other Stories, among others. Akwaeke…
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2014

Ahmed Khalifa (2014)

Ahmed Khalifa is an Egyptian writer. He left Egypt in 2010 to attend Columbia University. He has previously published The Coals Burned Low in Fiction Magazines. “For at least an hour a day, I am waist-deep in Egyptian history textbooks, legal pads and highlighters. Though only in the research phase of my project, I have…
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Ndinda Kioko (2014)

Ndinda Kioko is a Kenyan writer and filmmaker whose short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. She was recently published in the Africa39 project, a selection of 39 African writers under the age of 40 who are expected to shape the African literature of the future. Her works have appeared in several…
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Simone Haysom (2014)

Simone Haysom was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved to the UK to complete a Masters and then worked in development. Her job took her to Gaza, Haiti and Afghanistan, where she researched monographs on displacement and 9/11’s impact on the aid world. This will be Simone’s first book, although she…
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Yewande Omotoso (2014)

Yewande Omotoso was born in Barbados and currently lives in South Africa. Having worked for many years as an architect, Yewande studied part-time and completed a Masters in Creative Writing at UCT. The product of this degree was her debut novel Bombay, which was Short Listed for the 2012 Sunday Times Literary Award, the MNet…
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2013

Percy Zvomuya (2013)

Percy Zvomuya is a journalist, football fan and critic. He is a co-founder of The Con Magazine (www.theconmag.co.za) , a Johannesburg writing collective. His writing has appeared in various publications including Africaisacountry.com, Mail & Guardian and Chimurenga. He is working on a biography of Robert Mugabe.
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Doreen Baingana (2013)

Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan writer and author of Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe, which won an AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Prize for Short Fiction (US), 2003, and the Commonwealth Prize for First Book, Africa Region, 2006. She has also won the Washington Independent Writers Fiction Prize and been nominated twice,…
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Tony Mochama (2013)

Tony M. Ontita is a lawyer-turned-journalist for The Standard Newspapers in Kenya, a poet and essayist who has given workshops in Kenya and abroad on contemporary African urban literature (most recently in Montreal for the Summer Literary Seminars, 2010; Lisbon in 2012 for the DisQuiet International Literary Festival and as writer-in-residence at the Ca’Foscaria University…
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The Miles Morland Foundation's main aim is to support entities in Africa which enable Africans to get their voices heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature.