I have just heard that my fourth book, Teaching English in Africa, (East African Educational Publishers, 2015) has made the final shortlist for the Elton 2016 awards in the category of Local Innovation. Great news for the book, and for everyone who worked so hard to help produce it. Many thanks to the content editor Dr Lillian Kaviti for her thought-provoking comments on the manuscript, thanks also to Benson Shiholo for his excellent and efficient copyediting, Abdul Gugu for his great artwork and to Kiarie Kamau and Jane Mathenge for their vision and support throughout the project. Two great things about publishing this book with East African Educational Publishers; we kept the production costs to an absolute minimum to ensure it’s affordable to teachers across the continent (retail price is about $7 US), and we kept the project in Africa, ensuring that more of the income and benefit of the book stay in the continent. Well done guys!
As always, I’m sure the competition will be stiff (there are 6 titles in the category), but it’s great that the judges saw the strengths of the book and shortlisted it. The award ceremony takes place on the evening of 2 June. Wish us luck! Unataka sisi bahati!