A Gweru-based fiction writer, Mirirai Moyo, has won the prestigious Golden Baobab Prize for her story entitled Diki, the Little Earthworm.
The African literary award was established to inspire the creation of the best kinds of stories that children and young adults all over the world will appreciate.
Moyo’s story is targeted at readers aged 8-11 years.
Moyo said she was ecstatic at winning the award. “It will be a while before the mental celebration is over. To have my effort considered as deserving of this kind of recognition is very encouraging for me as a writer. It has certainly motivated me to keep on writing stories,” she said.
Two other African writers won together with Moyo.
They are Lauri Kubuitsile of Botswana and Ahmed Farah a Kenyan.
She said her work is derived from her feelings at a particular time.
“My work is a mix of the humorous stuff and the more serious topics. It depends on my mood. I don’t necessarily always aim to have intense messages in my work,” said the 31-year-old writer.
She says she started writing at the tender age of ten.
She has written short stories that have been featured in The Sunday Mail Magazine, Fascinating Tales and Parade magazine. More recently, she has had some of her stories published in Drum Magazine.