The Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards announces its 2021 Shortlist

On Wednesday, 1 September 2021, the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards announced its shortlist of 12 candidates. Showcasing the depth and breadth of Namibian literary talent published in Doek! Literary Magazine, the shortlist features some of the most resonant fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual Namibian art. 

"The shortlist spotlights works with themes that highlight the complex realities of Namibian life. They also possess universal threads that readers can appreciate in Africa and the world," said Doek's Founder, Rémy Ngamije. The 12 shortlisted candidates are: 

  • Fiction: Filemon Iiyambo, Dalene Kooper and Ndawedwa Denga Hanghuwo.
  • Nonfiction: Frowin Becker, Ndakolute Ndilula, and Natasha Uys.
  • Poetry: Ros Limbo, Pauline Buhle Ndhlovu, and Alacia Armstrong. 
  • Visual art: Namafu Amutse, Katherine Hunter and Immanuel Natangwe Hafeni.​

Candidates' profiles

  • Iiyambo is a Namibian writer and former newspaper columnist for the Namibian Sun. He has also contributed social commentary articles for the New Era. A qualified geologist, he is now an educator. ​
  • Kooper is a Namibian writer and a media student at the University of Namibia (UNAM).
  • Hanghuwo is a Namibian writer. He is also a student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) pursuing a degree in English Literature.
  • Becker is a Namibian PhD candidate at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
  • Ndilula is a Namibian Disk Jockey and music producer known for his work at the intersection of hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, and electronic genres. A graduate of the Academy of Sound Engineering, he brings an out-of-the-box approach to the country's sonic culture. 
  • Uys is a journalist and editor from Windhoek. She is currently studying Media Management through the Sol Plaatje Institute at Rhodes University.
  • Limbo is a Namibian writer and avid yogi. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from Rhodes University, and a certificate in Afrikan Feminist and Gender Studies from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.
  • Ndhlovu is a Zimbabwean-born Namibian curator and writer whose work explores the themes of land, memory, healing, time, and senescence. She is drawn to visual anthropology as a form of memory-making. She has a degree in anthropology and works in the culture and development sector.
  • Armstrong is a Cape Town-based Namibian poet who started writing on the shores of Henties Bay. She is a research project manager supporting drug discovery teams at the University of Cape Town.
  • Amutse is a filmmaker, photographer, art director, and writer from Swakopmund. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Education Honours degree in English and German at UNAM.
  • Hunter is a Namibian illustrator, graphic designer, and dancer. She is interested in comic book illustration and fantasy fiction. Hunter obtained her undergraduate degree in Visual Communication Design at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, her honours degree in illustration, and her master's degree in art education from Stellenbosch University. She works as a graphic designer and typesetter at HouseFinder Magazine. 
  • Hafeni is a self-taught visual artist born in Windhoek, Namibia. His journey explores different art forms such as culture, design, aesthetics, architecture, collage, photography, and cinematography.

Bank Windhoek's Head of Corporate Social Investments, Sponsorship, and Events, Bronwyn Moody, congratulated the shortlisted candidates and wished them the best for the 2021 Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards ceremony which will take place in November 2021. For more information on the Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards, visit https://doek.afrca.

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