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Curated short stories from the continent's emerging creative writers

 

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Adefemi Fagite

Adefemi Fagite was born and raised in Lagos State, Nigeria, where he had, his primary and secondary school education before he proceeded to earn a degree at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun state. Shadows his debut was long-listed under the 2018 Quramo writers prize, his short stories and articles have featured on different platforms such as The Unseen Anthology Volume 2, Medium, Ikike Press’s blog, Green Magazine and others.

Crime/Horror

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Something other than this

A crime story with a fusion of mild horror that addresses the case of police brutality amongst Nigeria's youth. Nothing is quite what it seems.

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Gideon Chukwuemeka Ogbonna

Gideon Chukwuemeka Ogbonna is a freelance writer. He has worked as a content developer for companies both in Nigeria and abroad. In May 2019, he was awarded a $1000 literary grant by Loose Media for his collection of five stories which explored different social themes. His stories have featured in two anthologies namely: "Vanguard Book of Love Stories" and "A Feast for Memory", with the former having an introduction by The Future Awards for Literature inaugural winner, Otosirieze Obi Young.

Literary Fiction

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This god may die

A story centred on betrayal, with focus on the ethnic conflict plaguing the Nigerian State. A bold telling by a writer with a sensitive pen.

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Austin Inyang

Austin was born in Kumasi, Ghana of Nigerian parents, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine/Applied Arts from the University of Benin, Nigeria, as well as further certification in media practice. After a spell of teaching Art and Social Studies at high schools in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, he embarked on a media career in Lagos in 2005. Since then he has carved a niche for himself as a scriptwriter, producer and presenter.

He is also the author of a debut novel, LET THE FIRE BURN IN SILENCE, published in 2015.

Literary Fiction

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Justice From Afar

An adapted folkloric story set in Nigeria's middle belt that explores the corrosive nature of injustice and the danger in opposing it. Read closer between the lines.

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Audrey Obuobisa - Darko

Audrey Obuobisa-Darko is a 20-year old Ghanaian writer. Her short story, Araba, recently made the shortlist for the 2020 K&L Prize for African Literature, on the theme “Africanfuturism,” a term coined by award-winning Nigerian-American author, Nnedi Okorafor. Audrey was selected to represent Ghana on an African Literature project organised by Österlens Folkhögskola, Sweden. She has won several awards. Two of her flash fiction works  won 2nd place each (2019 & 2020) in the Shady Grove Literary Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest. Her works also appear on Reedsy. She is the founder of the Ink It Foundation, a non-profit organisation geared at enhancing reading and writing skills in young people in Ghana. She is currently working on her upcoming novels while studying Computer Science at Ashesi University, Ghana.

Young Adult Fiction

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The Forbidden Way

A talented, carefree young adult man battles with depression and an intense desire to end his life like his father did. The Forbidden Way provides a moving narrative about several young African adults who battle with mental health issues but cannot communicate their troubles due to stigma and negative connotations that mental illnesses come with, especially in African societies.

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