13-year-old girl steals the show in African writing competition

Participants in the Afro Young Adult competition in Nairobi pose for a photo after the workshop at the Goethe Institut. From left: Joyce Mango, Ruth Kenyah, Dennis Mugaa, Selam Teshome, facilitator Kinyanjui Kombani, Valerie Kidarisi, Caroline Biegon and Goethe Institut's Susanne Gerhard. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • The Afro Young Adult writing competition was a talent search for African writers to write for young people.
  • It was envisioned that it would help fill in a gap in African literature for people between 13 and 19 years, as it was noticed there was limited content for them.

Selam Teshome has always loved reading and writing. And as far as the 13-year-old can remember, she began writing poems and short stories from the time she could hold a pen.

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