The African Print Author’s & Poet Awards (APAPA) will be hosting their second annual awards at Uncle Toms Hall inOrlando West, Soweto on 19 October. The APAPA awards will be celebrating and honoring artists in poetry and publishing industry across the African continentincluding Angola, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. The awards ceremony initially started with 11 nominees but today the APAPA awards has 55 nominees.
Gauteng News spoke to Livhuwani Ratshitando founder of the APAPA awards, “We will be hosting the most exciting awards for creatives and artists across our African continent. We still need assistance, however, from local stakeholders to fund us because our winners will be awarded with trophies only since we are unable to compensate them at the moment.
“We are excited to celebrate and recognize our artists as we don’t do that more often, and even some nominees are from Soweto so its motivating to see young people from the township being game changers.”
APAPA awards’ nominated writers and artists include Fiona Khan who is a well-known writer and poet. She published her poetry book called “Windows of a Woman’s Mind” last year; Tsietsi Phatsoane a vocal poet, writer and publisher who wrote his poetry book called “Kea a tla”.
Young creatives are invited to join the awards ceremony and celebrate game changers in the African Arts industry.Aspiring artists can a be part of APAPA awards nominations by sending their books, poetry and theatreplays to APAPA Facebook and four judges will have to select well written content and categorize them based on their content.