Fairmont Young Talent Competition writers awarded

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On Monday 19th November 2012, Destination Magazine held an award ceremony for the winners of the prestigious Fairmont Young Talent Competition at Marula Manor in Karen. Now in its second year, the competition attracted submissions from six schools in the Nairobi and Rift Valley regions. The competition was divided into two categories: 12 – 13 years of age and 16 – 17 years of age.

The six schools that participated were: Banda, Braeburn, Brookhouse, Hillcrest, Greensteds and Pembroke. The winning submissions were adjudged by a six judge panel consisting of: Caroline Mutoko – Radio Presenter, Kiss 100, Susan Wong – Editor, Capital Lifestyle Magazine, Andy Hill – Editor, Swara, Dayo Forster –Writer, Hilary Atkins – Writer and Diana Lowe – Experienced teacher.

The winners who were accompanied by their families and representatives from their school, were Oliver Llyod and Mugane Geteria, respectively. The runners up were Cameron Bowden and Nicole Lwanga. Amongst the notable guests were Sean Walwyn, Director of Sales & Marketing (Africa) at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Brennen Matthews – Managing Editor of Destination Magazine, Andrew Bentley – Headmaster of Banda School. The winners will have their story published in the bumper December/January issue of Destination Magazine and on Destination’s website and will receive a two night stay for them and their families at the Fairmont Mara Safari club or the Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari club. The runners up will also have their story published on Destination’s website.

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  • Fairmont Young Talent is clearly not an inclusive competition. If it’s goal is to boost talents I believe it should open it’s challenge to young people from all backgrounds. A list of the schools fielding participants is a clear indication of what specific preppy types the competition seeks to honour.

    • iman

      The competition is in its second year and hence maybe still growing I do believe that the competition will grow in years to come and include all schools as it grows to a national level. It is a good initiative wish them the best as they make it all inclusive and showcases Kenya’s young writers.

  • Supporter

    The competition will continue to grow and included all of Kenya’s leading schools. Congrads to this year’s great entries.

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