Tanzanian Jury

Lilian Temu Osaki is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature at the University of Dar- es- Salaam in Tanzania.
A specialist in African American Literature, Osaki teaches African American Literature, Children’s literature, African Women Writers and Post Colonial Literature. She has done extensive research on the Harlem Renaissance, Black Women Writers of the Diaspora and African Children’s Literature. Osaki holds a doctoral degree in Literature from the University of Florida Gainesville (2000).


Prof. Mugyabuso M. MulokoziPROF. MUGYABUSO M. MULOKOZI
Prof. M.M. Mulokozi is a writer, poet, literary critic and academic. Born in Tanzania in 1950, he studied at the University of Dar es Salaam , emerging with a Ph.D in 1987. Mulokozi has worked as an editor, administrator and university researcher and lecturer, specializing in Kiswahili and African literature, oral literature, language planning and development, culture and publishing. Mulokozi has been involved in several literary and book programs, including the Children’s Book Project for Tanzania, and the Women Writing Africa Project. He has published more than 10 books and 50 papers, including three poetry anthologies, four historical novels for young people, and a number of academic works.


Lillian Tindyebwa holds an MA Literature from Makerere University.
She is one of the founder members of FEMRITE - Uganda Women Writers Association.
She has had a number of short stories published in FEMRITE's anthologies.
Her first novel Recipe for Disaster is published by Fountain Publishers, Kampala. She is also a co- founder of Uganda Faith Writers; an NGO that assists people who want to write faith based literature, and also does editing and newsletters.


Mrs. Pilli Dumea is the Executive Secretary for CBP since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree, specializing in Kiswahili and History and a Master of Arts degree from University of Dar es Salaam specializing in Linguistics.  She’s been a teacher and a tutor for teachers colleges where she taught for nine years. She’s worked at the Ministry of Education at the  Department of Culture Development for 13 years working as Kiswahili Language  Promoter and Head of Language Section.  She is a writer of children’s books and has authored eight titles.


He began his career as a secondary school teacher and taught English and African Literature for four years before joining the publishing industry.   At the Children`s Book Project, as its second Executive Secretary, he pioneered the establishment of the literacy program by working with schools and local education authorities.  In the publishing field, he has worked as an editor for English language text books for junior classes.


Sarah Ellis is a writer, reader, teacher, storyteller and retired librarian.  She has written many children's books, including several that have won literary awards.  In addition to her own writing, Sarah is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and reviews children's literature for a Canadian book and publishing magazine, Quill and Quire and for the American review magazine The Hornbook