The 1st ever AfriCAN Author’s Awards took place in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg this week. The Awards was launched to acknowledge African writers whose original works tell African Stories. Speaking during the ceremony, the custodian of the Awards, Ms. Anthea Ambursley of the “AfriCAN Child Your Time is Now” brand stated that the dream of celebrating Africa rests within Africa. In a charitable tone, she called on Africans to take the lead in celebrating others, so that the world will follow suite. Anthea cautioned that the AfriCAN Author’s Awards, which is a yearly event is dedicated to recognising individual’s authors that have stepped up and shaped the world of writing.
This record-breaking Awards Ceremony Awarded 4 child authors. The recipients are namely; 8-year-old Lelo Mofokeng for the book “How I survive Bullying”, 10-year-old Buhle Mthethwa for the book “The Big Fat Naughty Cat,” 12-year-old Tswelopele Serame for the book “Dear Diary: Episode 1” and 16-year-old Ntando Makwela for the book “The Dynamic Kid – 9 Keys to unlock your future.” To hand over the Awards for this category, was 11-year-old Multiple Award-Winning Author of 3 published books and founder of The Stacey Fru Foundation, Africa’s youngest leading author, Stacey Fru.
It is not a coincidence that AfriCAN Child Your Time is Now gave 11-Year-Old Stacey Fru the stage during this phase. Stacey, who emceed the Awards for the children’s category is the first child in Africa, if not the world, who wrote her first book titled, “Smelly Cats” at the age of 7 without her parents’ knowledge. These awards winning books is qualified by the Department of Basic Education as suitable for Early Childhood Development (ECD) through Primary Schools. During her speech, Stacey, who is a guitarist, public speaker, TV talk-show host and a ballerina, outlined the work that she is doing to the community before dishing out some kind words for an AfrICAN child. Stacey did not hesitate to ‘thank parents seated here today’ who dedicate time to support their children through the tasks that they go through in their daily lives. She thanked her favourite Auntie Anthea, for dedicating her birthday to authors and wished her many more birthdays.
@staceyfru is the custodian of the “AfrICAN Children of the Year Awards Coming” up on the 3rd of November 2018, in honour of South Africa’ National Children’s Day. To nominate a child anywhere in the African continent who is making strides in any field between the ages of 7 and 13, go to www.staceyfru.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more categories and the form. The Award is for any child in Africa or with African origin.
Other happy winners of the 1st esteemed AfriCAN Authors Awards on the continent 2018 are;
Rosie Motene, Cultural Category: Reclaiming the soil.
Thabo Nkhabu, Cultural Category: Fragile Composure
Pusch Commey, Historical Category: 100 Great African Kings and Queens
Charley Pietersen, Male Empowerment Category: Growing up without a father.
Benedict L. Mahlangu, Male Empowerment Category Chronicles of a broken man.
Hosea P Ramphekwa, Male Empowerment Category: Wait to be seated.
El Gosling, Women Empowerment Category: How to break the silence.
Ronnie J Abrahams, Family Empowerment: Removing All Masks
Abishai Moagi, Spiritual Category: Favour in all circumstances.
Quinton Kippen, Inspirational Category: If I have come this far you can go further.
Karabo Edward Mashaphu, Inspirational Category: Gateway to infinite wisdom.
Nopasika Malgas, Inspirational Category: Pay attention Your Purpose Calls
Sikhulile (Khuls) Mtsetfwa, Religious Category: From Wheelchair to High Heels
Linda Maponyane, Female Empowerment Category: Shadows of my Scars
Mmathabo Mooa, Female Empowerment Category: What other choice did I have.
Emmah Mabye, Poetry Category: Clocking In
Michelle Ntandoyenkosi Van Onna, Green-Thomson Travelling Category: Those who travel, meet themselves.
Nomsa Patience Mazibuko, Entrepreneurship Category: Entrepreneur awaken with a drive.
We congratulate you all and look forward to seeing you in November during the 2018 “AfrICAN Children of the Year Awards” in Johannesburg. #AfrCANChildYourTimeIsNow, #AfrICANChildrenOfTheYearAwards, #Authors #AfricanAuthors, #AfrICAN, #IndieAuthors, #Readers #StaceyFru #StaceyFruFoundation #Books.
Article by Victorine Mbong Shu.
Victorine is an Awards Winning Author of 4 books who has been in education and training since 2002. She is the CEO of Profounder Intelligence Management Services, Publisher, Editor, Researcher, Transformational Speaker, Mentor, Material Developer, Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator and TV Talk Show Host at Children Television South Africa (CTVSA). She is the owner of Profound Conference Centre in Bramley-JHB. Victorine and Dr. Fru are raising 4 bubbly children, including Africa’s youngest multiple award-winning author of chapter books, Stacey Fru. Victorine is a respectable Involved Parenting Conversationalist with a Master’s Degree in Communications. She is a BrandSA Play-Your-Part Ambassador and Author of the following books:
‘‘Stop Complaining! and Bring Back Involved Parenting,’
‘Trapped in our shadows,’
‘Proven habits for financial freedom,’
‘Not too late: Stop Complaining and Bring Back Involved Parenting.