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Ntsika Kota reflects on how a hobby earned him a Commonwealth Short Story Prize

24 June 2022 7:48 AM
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Pippa Hudson speaks to eSwatini writer Ntsika Kota about his award-winning short story.

Ntsika Kota has made history as the first eSwatini writer to win the 2022 Global Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.

Kota is also a chemistry graduate from South Africa's Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape.

The 29-year-old is the first writer from eSwatini to be shortlisted for the prize and to win it.

The book, titled And the Earth Drank Deep, is a fictional story that talks about a group of villagers living in a hunter-gatherer community as they encounter threats from wild animals, diseases and death.

Speaking to Pippa Hudson, a jubilant Kota says he is yet to come to terms with this victory.

I think it will take a very long time to sink in, probably because there was no ambition as a professional writer and I really just submitted the story.

Ntsika Kota - author

I was a chemist by training and there was a time in postgraduate where I sort of lamented not becoming a writer and I just thought why not, it was always a hobby that I enjoyed and it was never going to be anything more than that until this.

Ntsika Kota - author

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24 June 2022 7:48 AM
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Ntsika Kota
Global Commonwealth Short Story Prize

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