Akwaeke Emezi has emerged the winner of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.
Akwaeke’s “Who Is Like God?” short story won the award.
The Commonwealth Writers Competition is an annual literary award aimed at bringing writers from Commonwealth nations to a wider audience.
Akwaeke Emezi is a writer and video artist born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. Her debut autobiographical novel, FRESHWATER, is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in Winter 2018.
In 2017, she was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant by the Astraea Foundation for her video art and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction.
She received a 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship to write her second novel and her writing has been published by Commonwealth Writers, Sable Literary Magazine, and the 2015 Caine Prize Anthology (Lusaka Punk & Other Stories).
Her memoir work has been selected and edited by Chimamanda Adichie (‘Sometimes The Fire Is Not Fire’) and included in The Fader’s ‘Best Culture Writing of 2015’ (‘Who Will Claim You?’).
Her experimental short story, UDUDEAGU won the Audience Award for Best Short
Experimental at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival and has screened in over thirteen countries.