Enrties received: 2,000
Number of schools participated: 33
Countries participated: Kenya (58 locations), Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Seychelles
Number of prizes awarded: 43
Award Ceremony was attended by 300 people
Prizes totalling 300,000 Ksh (£2,500) are supported by Rivers Foundation (UK), The Nobelity Project (USA) and Mabati Roling Mills (Kenya). Our special thanks to our judges.
St. Andrew's International High School, Blantyre, Malawi,
teacher Tijana Randjelovic
Arya Girls and Boys Secondary School, Nairobi, Kenya,
teacher Miss Rahab
Anidan Art Centre, Lamu, Kenya,
leader Corrie Wingate
Akiba School, Nairobi, Kenya,
teacher Arogo Dominic
Kiwanja Primary School-Special Unit, Nairobi, Kenya,
teacher Mrs Mwangi
Xtrem Art, Kampala, Uganda,
teacher George W. Santos Ssentongo
UNDER 15 CATEGORY
Mwangi Mwangi, 14, Crossroads, mixed
Ayaan Shariff, 10, Flow, mixed
Deng Arok, 13, Lukenya Academy IGCSE, Larissa, watercolour
Hariz Kalyar, 13, Mud Bath, acrylic
Elijah Waitenen, 9, Famous, print, Greenyard Junior School, creativity teacher Esther
Talia Khavele, 11, Elephant, acrylic, COGRI (Children of God Relief Institute), creativity teacher Sr Julia Mulvihill
Zeynep Avcioglu, 15, Silhouette, acrylic, Light Academy Primary School, creativity teacher Joseph Mburu Gatonye
Lisa Ndegwa, 4, Sailing , watercolour, Studio of Mary Muringi Auliria, creativity teacher Mary Muringi Auliria
Oprah Wambui, 9, Magical Fish, mixed, Taswira Art CLub, creativity teacher Sam Kimemia
UNDER 25 CATEGORY
Charles Waweru, 24, Inside Out, painting, mixed medium
Margaret Ngigi, 22, Caged, photograph
Linus Okok, 22, Asylum, dance/film
Kigera Njau, 21, Afro-futurism, collage
Eddy Ochieng, 26, Time and Chance, painting, oil medium
Nicole Saro, 22, Revolution, poem
Achai Pieng Deng, 20, Malika, photo
Alpha Odhiambo, 21, The power of As, acrylic
Bebeto Ochieng, 24, Mangbetu King, graffiti
Eva Chemng'orem, 23, Irora, pencil
Isaac Mokua, 23, Joy and Fun in Art, film
Isaac Mungai, 15, Living Trauma, mixed
John Mutahi, 24, Rhino, digital
Joseph Makau, 24, Mirror of Deceit, acrylic
Lewis Maina, 24, Wealth and Wisdom, oil
Margaret Ngigi, 22,Njoki Wakwa, dance/film
Martin Langat, 21, Identity Crisis, digital
Morris Wamae, 21, Tears, charcoal
Muchira Muraguri, 25, Beheading of Judas, acrylic
Paul Kidero, 23, Color Queen, photo
Richao Liao, 18, Identity, pencil
Selina Onyando, 22, Lunch Time in Rongai, photo
Staice Shitanda, 22, African, photo
Taabu Munyoki, 22, Huduma Namba, mixed
Walter Osugo, 22, Cry of an Urchin, poem
Warembo Wasanii Initiative, fashion Installations, mixed
John Gift, 22
Danielle Wijenje, 18
MASK Prize 2019 received 60 poems by 35 poets aged 15-25. The Judges shortlisted these three:
WINNER. Nicole Saro, 22
All this while, I've known I was something special
With skills, talent and mad potential
I heard people are getting chances
To perform in front of audiences
I perform to a mirror and lonely walls
Or to empty seats in theatres and halls
It's making me sick that I have to wait
I've been at it since '01 to date
The lines just never shrink
I'm seriously about to sink
I'm tired of listening to the same old song
Of no, no, no, no; you're not King Kong
I've been told too often of how much I suck
I've heard it forever, only now it's stuck
I write good verses with killer punchlines
But people reap in my goddamned goldmines
I get nothing except disdain
I'm pushed to the dark and I can't complain
I can live to love another day
I won't let this gift burn away
COMMENDED. Walter Osugo, 22
Cry of an Urchin
I live in the streets,
with no permanent abode,
even the temporary never last a minute.
I live in a pigsty,
that carries the urban stench.
Whose child am I?
I eat from the bins,
the refuse from your kitchen.
Often I fall ill,
but no one cares.
To whom do I belong?
Was I born of a woman?
Did I overstay in the womb,
that I may suffer for the extra gestation?
Or did I bite your nipples,
that I may pay for their repair?
Was I fathered of a man?
Where the hell are you?
Why did you waste your energies,
fathering such a brat as I?
Chris Awuor, 21
my mother taught me
how to cry
have 20 years
worth of water
in my veins.
the water will expand,
arteries will explode,
and i’ll die.
Anidan Center, group work, 12 y/o, Newspaper dresses, recycled material