Africans in the Diaspora. Gambian US-based author Momodou Ndow won an award for his new book ‘The Mischievous Mosquitoes of Banjul’ in an amazing feat.
The Mischievous Mosquitoes of Banjul won 3rd place at the BookFest Awards. In a competition with more than 400 children’s books in the same category, the Banjul Mosquitoes managed to reach the summit despite many other books which were submitted from around the world alongside it.
The BookFest Awards honours authors who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction. Books are judged in categories based on genre, theme, and aesthetics.
Entries were vetted by an initial team, then the final places determined by an elite team of experts in the literary and entertainment world.
“When my publisher informed me that they would submit my book to The BookFest Awards, I had no idea what it was all about. In fact, that was the first time I heard about it. I wrote this story 10 years ago, and to see it go from a mere article to an award-winning book is surreal. I am truly humbled!” said Momodou Ndow.
He also gave a big thank you to his publisher, Fye Network, for the incredible work they did to bring the story to life. “I would also like to thank those who have supported or encouraged me in one way or another,” wrote The Alkamba times to quote the author.
What are the Bookfest Awards?
The BookFest Awards honours authors who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction, and Books are judged in categories based on genre, theme, and aesthetics.
An initial team vets entries and an elite team of experts in the literary and entertainment world determines final places. According to their score, awards are assigned based on first, second, third, and honorable mention.
The Mischievous Mosquitoes of Banjul was authored by Momodou Ndow and his niece, Saffie Jagne, in 2022 and is available online through the Fyen Network and other platforms such as Amazon, Barnes, and Nobles.
The Mosquitoes of Banjul is the first of the five books written by Momodou Ndow under his brand “MoBooks.’