Aminta Dupuis Wins Inaugural Iskanchi Book Prize

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Iskanchi Press has announced the winner for the inaugural Iskanchi Book Prize and it is Senegalese writer, Aminta Dupuis for her book, The Child From Dindefello Falls, as translated by Marybeth Timmermann.

Aminta is a literature professor, a poet, and musician. Inspired by her own experiences of sorrow and outrage in the face of injustice, as well as wonder and adoration for the beauty of the African continent, she gives voice to the Senegalese people in this novel and offers her Western readers a key for greater understanding and compassion towards their African brothers and sisters.

Iskanchi Press is a US-based publishing house for African writing. They believe stories and ideas convey humanity to the future and that progress to an egalitarian world is sooner achieved when all perspectives are heard and considered.

Iskanchi’s mission is to promote authentic African perspectives through a variety of African books, including fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature written in, or translated into, English. They aim to redress the negative presumptions about Africa, satisfy the reader’s interest in diverse expressions, and serve the needs of African immigrants and minorities interested in seeing a more nuanced representation of their experiences.

Aminta’s award-winning book, The Child From Dindefello Falls, will be published by Iskanchi Press in the Fall of 2025.

Congratulations Aminta on this remarkable achievement!

Click here to read our past article on the journey to winning the prize.

Bongiwe T. Maphosa

Bongiwe T. Maphosa

Bongiwe Maphosa is a budding author with a passion for storytelling. With her thought-provoking narratives, she takes her readers on a literary adventure. Bongiwe's works on the human condition from a fresh perspective have earned her recognition and publications in the Avbob Poetry Anthology of 2019, The Writer's Club of South Africa 2021, and JAY Lit in 2021. She hopes to cement her place in the literary community.