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Ellen Banda-Aaku


Banda-Aaku is a Zambian writer. Born in the UK in 1965,
she grew up in Africa where she studied Public Administration at the
University of Zambia. In 2007 her short story, Sozi’s Box, won the
Commonwealth Short Story Competition.Banda-Aaku has published
three children’sbooks, Yours Faithfully Yogi [2008], Twelve Months [2010]
and Wandi’s Little Voice, which won the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for
Africa in 2004. Her other two books,, Her short stories have been published in anthologies. In 2006, she sat on the judging panel of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. In 2010, her manuscript, Patchwork, won the fiction category for the inaugural Penguin Prize for African writing. Patchwork was selected out of 250 entries
for the fiction category of the competition.


In African Writing:

Ten Questions - Ellen Banda-Aaku 11 (Interview)

Q.: What African language — or languages — do you speak? Have you ever been tempted to write in an African language?

A. I speak Bemba and Nyanja two of the most widely spoken languages in Zambia. I use Bemba and Nyanja words here and there in my writing. However, my challenge is that I have not been taught to read and write in my local languages because at the time I went to school in Zambia, English was the only language we were taught in.



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