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Okorafor, many other Nigerians, make 2019 Nommo Awards longlist

Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Akwaeke Emezi, Tunde Leye and many more Nigerians have made the 2019 Nommo Awards longlist. The African Speculative Society’s Nommo Awards…

Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Akwaeke Emezi, Tunde Leye and many more Nigerians have made the 2019 Nommo Awards longlist.

The African Speculative Society’s Nommo Awards announced its longlist in four categories: novel, novella, short story, and graphic novel.

In the novel category are Leye (‘Afonja: The Rise’), Adeyemi (‘Children of Blood and Bone’), Emezi (‘Freshwater’) and Tochi Onyebuchi (‘Crown of Thunder’). Other authors are Temi Oh (‘Do You Dream of Terra Two?’), Cat Hellisen (‘Empty Monsters’), Unathi Slasha (‘Jah Hills’), Nechama Brodie (‘Knucklebone’), Frank Owen (‘North’), Wayétu Moore (‘She Wound Be King’), Amelie Diack (‘Shouna: La Genese’), Imraan Coovadia (‘A Spy in Time’), Masha du Toit (‘The Strange’) and Esi Edugyan (‘Washington Black’).

Okorafor made the novella longlist for her sci-fi ‘Binti, Nerine Dorman for ‘The Firebird’, Ishola Abdulwasiu Ayodele for ‘Nocturnal’, Mame Bougouma Diene for ‘Fistulas’, Sofia Samatar for ‘Hard Mary’, and Caldron Mull for ‘Neld Fire’.

Nigeria’s Malaysia-based writer and editor, Wole Talabi and Okorafor are nominated in different categories and more than once in a category. Talabi is on the short story longlist, which is dominated by Nigerians, for ‘Drift Flux’, ‘When We Dream, We Are Our God’ and ‘The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi’.

In the Graphic novel longlist is ‘Under the Sun’ by Austine Osas (writer & creator), Abiodun Awodele (writer), Yusuf Temitope (art), Nsia Ndidi (colours and cover art) and Peter Daniel (lettering).

Previous winners of the Nommo Awards are Tade Thompson, Nnedi Okorafor, Tendai Huchu and Lesley Nneka Arimah in 2017, and Tade Thompson, Kwabena Ofei, Setor Fiadzigbey, Wole Talabi, and Tochi Onyebuchi in 2018.

The Nommo Awards were introduced to draw attention to writing such as magical realism, Sci-Fi and other forms that could not be categorised in the ‘standard spaces’ in the African literary scene.

The 2019 shortlist will be announced on May 14 and the winners later in the year.


Short Story Longlist

  • ‘An American Refugee’ , Tiah Beautement
  •  ‘Being A Giant In Men’s World’ , Walter Dinjos
  •  ‘Black And Gold’ , Mame Bougouma Diene
  •  ‘Blood Slipper’ , Ilse Rensburg
  •  ‘Brand New Ways (To Lose Your Lover)’ , Blaize Kaye
  •  ‘A Bridal Shroud’ , Mirette Bhagat
  •  ‘Drift Flux’ , Wole Talabi
  •  ‘The Faerie Tree’ , Kathleen Kayembe
  •  ‘The Far Side’ , Gabriella Muwanga
  •  ‘For What Are Delusions If Not Dreams?’  Osahon Ize-Iyamu
  •  ‘Ghost Strain’  N Mohale Moshigo
  •  ‘The Girl Who Stared At Mars’  Cristy Zinn
  •  ‘The Grey Man’  Vittorio Leonardi
  •  ‘Haunted By The City’  Mandisi Nkomo
  •  ‘The Harmonic Resonance Of Ejiro Anaborhi’  Wole Talabi
  •  ‘Heka And The Colour Thief’  Dennis Dvomak
  •  ‘In Her Bones’  Lindiwe Rooney
  •  ‘In The Garden Watching Nim Noms’  Osahon Ize-Iyamu
  •  ‘The Interplanetary Water Company’  Masimba Musodza
  •  ‘Into The Dark’  Kelan Gerriety
  •  ‘Jidenna’  T J Benson
  •  ‘Journal Of A Dna Pirate’  Stephen Embleton
  •  ‘Ku’bgo’  Dare Segun Falowo
  •  ‘Lee-Ah (Sister)’ H J Golaki
  •  ‘The Luminal Frontier’  Biram Mboob
  •  ‘Memento Mori’  Tiah Beautement
  •  ‘Middle Of Nowhere’  Walter Dinjos
  •  ‘Mother Of Invention’  Nnedi Okorafor
  •  ‘Mutshidzi (World Of Horror)’  Mohale Mashigo
  •  ‘Nneamaka’s Ghost’  Walter Dinjos
  •  ‘Njuzu’  T L Huchu
  •  ‘Origami Angels’  Derek Lubangakene
  •  ‘Parental Control’  Mazi Nwonwu
  •  ‘Remains Of An Old World’  Blaize Kaye
  •  ‘River Doll’  Tariro Ndoro
  •  ‘Safari Nyota’  Dilman Dila
  •  ‘Say It Low, Then Loud’  Osahon Ize Iyamu
  •  ‘Secret Life Of The Unclaimed’  Suyi Davies Okungbowa
  •  ‘And Songs Don’t End’  Osahon Ize-Iyamu
  •  ‘The Tailoress Of Crimson Lane’  Shaun Van Rensburg
  •  ‘The Third Set Of Stitches’  Ray Mwihaki
  •  ‘Tie Kidi’  Awuor Onyango
  •  ‘Toothsome Things’  Chimedum Ohaegbu
  •  ‘The Unusual Customer’  Innocent Chizaram Ilo
  •  ‘Vain Knife’  Dare Segun Falowo
  •  ‘Of Warps And Welts’  Innnocent Chizaram Ilo
  •  ‘When We Dream, We Are Our God’  Wole Talabi
  •  ‘Where Rivers Go To Die’  Dilman Dila
  •  ‘The Witching Hour’  Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  •  ‘The Woods Are Lovely’  Jason Hess
  •  ‘Yard Dog’  Tade Thompson


Graphic Novel Longlist

  • ‘Akissi: Tales Of Mischief’ , Marguerite Abouet (Writer), Mathieu Sapin (Illustrator), Judith Taboy (Translator), Marie Bédrune (Translator).
  •  ‘Black Panther, Long Live The King’ , Nnedi Okorafor, Andre Araujo, Mario Del Pennino, Tana Ford Eru Tobe Ezeogu , Oze Ezeogu.
  •  ‘Kwezi’ Loyiso Mkize, Mohale Mashigo, Clyde Beech Karmzah Farida Bedwei, Leti Arts.
  •  ‘Malika – Warrior Queen’ , Roye Okupe (Author), Ayodele Elegba (Editor), Chima Kalu (Illustrator), Raphael Kazeem (Illustrator) Rovik Yvonne Wanyoike (Writer), Kendi Mberia, Salim Busuru (Creator And Artist).
  •  ‘Shaka Rising’ , Luke W. Molver (Author, Illustrator), Mbongeni Malaba (Foreword) (South African), Mason O’connor.
  •  ‘Shuri’ , Nnedi Okoroafor (Writer), Leonardo Romero.
  •  ‘Tatashe’ , Cassandra Mark (Creator, Colourist and Writer) , Tobe Max Ezeogu (Artist).
  •  ‘Under The Sun’  , Austine Osas (Writer & Creator), Abiodun Awodele (Writer), Yusuf Temitope (Art), Nsia Ndidi (Colours & Cover Art) and Peter Daniel (Lettering)


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