A Name for Himself

“So, young man,” he started. “How do you feel about joining Greenpines?”

How did he feel? Actually, none of all the words Mollusk knew could describe what he felt! It was all so much better than the sweetest dreams he had ever had.

“I feel great sir,” he managed to say. “I am very grateful for your kindness, and I promise to do my very best…”

“Your best!” Mr. Ganze exclaimed. “I guess that will be good enough for me! For us at Greenpines, that is all we requried from our students. Their very best.”

Mollusk has landed a scholarship at a high-cost private school. Just when he thinks everything has fallen into place and he could never be happier, a series of events occur once more that send his entire life into disarray.

A Name for Himself by Erick Livumbazi Ngoda won the second place in the 2013 CODE’s Burt Award for African Literature.

Erick Livumbazi Ngoda describes his affinity to and strong liking for books as “a lifelong passioante love affair”. He started reading at a very early age. Born and raised in Mbale, Vihiga County, Erick attended Kakamega High School and the Kenya School of Professional Studies (Inoorero University) where he pursued Library and Information Studies. He published his first book, Begwani the Beggar, in 1999 with Phoenix Publishers.