Shortlisted stories announced today

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We are close to announcing the winner of Umoja Writing Competition 2014. Thank you to all entries for your participation. We hope you decide to enter again next year and pass the information on to all your writing friends. We’d like to make it bigger and better next year and be able to help Umoja Orphanage Kenya.

After much deliberation our shortlist is:

Tumani (hope) by Denise Cummins

Simply Ubuntu by Lauren Dionysius

Congratulations to you both!

Tuman (hope)

Is a fictional, first person story. This is a well-written entry with smooth narrative. It describes the plight of volunteers in West Kenya who struggle with their faith and hope; while observing the everyday struggles for survival of the Africans they are trying to help.

It’s a dark but powerful story with a unique voice. I’m sure you’ll think about it long after the last word.

Simply Ubuntu

Is an essay entry worthy of journalist publication. This is not just an eyewitness account of Malawi, but a heartfelt analysis of Ubuntu and humanity. You’ll wonder where the human race is heading and if we should indeed be leading simpler lives. There is a good use of figurative language and the essay is beautifully written.

The winner will be announced soon.

Once again, thank you to all the entries that have made the inaugural Umoja Writing Competition a success.

I’d like to share with you a video from volunteer, James, from Umoja Orphanage Project Kenya:

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