Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
GUANGZHOU – Zimbabwean author Ashton Bvute is basking in the sun after scooping the Young Author Award at the Pride of Africa Asia Pacific Awards staged in Guangzhou on Friday.
Bvute who has been on the rise since publishing his books The Contested Diamond and Racism and Ignorance? was accorded the award in absentia after personal issues hampered travel plans to Soluxe Hotel Guangzhou for the gala.
Organised by Appreciate Africa Network (AAN), the Pride of Africa Asia Pacific Awards returned offline on Friday night after two years owing to COVID-19 restrictions and as expected it was all deluxe.
But for Bvute who is based in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province and a few others, it was a bittersweet feeling as they attended the ceremony virtually though it did not derail his happiness.
“Winning the Young Author Award was a fantastic experience. The award helped me have exposure to my previous projects, and importantly this will lead more readers accessing my projects in future.
“The award will also build my credibility as an author and inspire other budding authors to work knowing that their work will have people or organizations who can recognize and appreciate them,” he said.
He was obviously disappointed for failing to make it to Guangzhou for the awards gala.
“It was very unfortunate that I didn’t attend the award ceremony physically due to personal reasons beyond my control. Despite my physical presence, I managed to spare time and attended the classy ceremony virtually. And I would like to thank everyone who managed to travel and graced the event.”
Bvute who also won the Zimbabwe Achievers Award has already completed his third project The Road to New Society to be published at the “right time” once a good publisher to take the project is determined.