On 15th February 2019 ALAF Limited awarded the winners for The Mabati – Cornel Kiswahili prize for African Literature during the award ceremony that was held at Mlimani City conference Centre in Dar es Salaam. The Guest of Honor was the Vice President of The United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan. The event was attended by more than 150 people from the Swahili fratenities, Universities, Business community, Distributors etc. Other notable guests included the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Honorable Dr.Harrison Mwakyembe, Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment Honorable Joseph Kakunda, Dar es salaam Regional Commissioner Honorable Paul Makonda, Lord Mayor for Dar es salaam city Honorable Isaya Mwita, High Commissioner for Kenyan Embassy Honorable Dan Kazungu and NEMC Director Dr. Samwuel Gwamaka.
The four hours’ event started at 10:30am till 03:30pm and included a number of activities like speeches from the Guest of Honor and various stakeholders, prize handing over to winners, launch of books for 2017 winners and entertainment from cultural group and live band. In the end all the guests together with ALAF officials had an opportunity to meet, interact and exchange their experiences while having lunch.