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K & L Prize for African Literature Shortlist Announced

The K & L Prize for African Literature, which is in its first year, has awarded the best piece of unpublished short fiction by an African. It considers short stories between 1000 and 2000 words about or inspired by a historical event on the continent.

Founder of the prize, Myles Ojabo (PhD Creative Writing) asserted that the motivation for creating the K & L Prize is so that writers can write for awards. The competition was only eligible to Africans between the ages of 18 and 25, hence motivating young writers to continue writing and to take it seriously.

The longlist was released on the 3rd of May and read as follows:

1. 1996 by Zenas Ubere
2. ABACHA FOREVER by Isaac Ayodeji
3. COLOURED TEARS by Blessing Ikang
4. CROSSOVER by Tega Oghenechovwen
5. OSU by Obioma Kelechi
6. THE TRAITOR’S HEARING by Daniel Alaka
7. THE MANY-FACE GOD by Melody Anthony
8. WOMEN’S MEETING by Great Opara
9. APARTHEID NOT A PART HEARD by Timi Jeremiah
10. THREE BEASTS AND ONE PREY by Anyanwu Mathias
11. I AM NOT EVEN IGBO by Stephanie Odili
12. SILENT DESTRUCTION by Mary Udoh
13. WHEN SULLEN FACES GNAW AT YOU by Okechi Okeke
14. OF A LIFETIME by Joseph Olamide Babalola
15. MYSTERY DISEASE OF YAMBUKU by Desmond Efe
16. VIRUS by Anselm Ekenedirichukwu
17. MANSA MUSA AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by Dennis Mugaa
18. GOLIATH KILLED HIMSELF by Precious Ogbuenyi
19. SHEHU’S WARDROBE by Ibemere Vivian
20. RIGASA’S MAFRICA by Chidimma Onyekachuwu
21. OGU UMUNWANYI: THE STORY OF NNEDI by Esther Ezeigbo
22. INCIDENT by Temitayo Jaiyeola
23. THE REAL STORY by Omireh Chiamaka
24. NINETEEN SEVENTY by Ayodeji Falaye
25. WOMEN WHO WENT TO WAR by Frances Ogamba
26. DYING MANY TIMES BEFORE OUR DEATHS by Ekemini Pius
27. TEARS OF THE SUN by Kelechi Obasi
28. IT’S OUR HALLOWEEN by Jessica Chinonye
29. LE JOOLAby Rotimi Robert
30. BURYING MEMORIES by Mbanefo Chibuike
31. THE HONEY BEE by Sisca Julius
32. THE SECRET LIVES OF WATER BODIES by Mazpa Ejikem
33. EVIL CHILDREN by Arowolo Ayokanmi
34. TEARS OF A BIAFRAN CHILD by Chidiebere Enyia G.
35. THE YELLOW SUNSET by Adebimpe Olorunfemi

The stories of those who made the longlist will be published in the forthcoming anthology, Histories of Yesterday. The judges, Zana Bell and Uchechukwu Umezurike, announced the shortlist on the 17th of May:

Dennis Mugaa (Kenya)- MANSA MUSA AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
Mazpa Ejikem (Nigeria)- THE SECRET OF WATERBODIES
Sisca Julius (South Africa)- THE HONEY BEE
Obinna Obioma (Nigeria)- OSU: WHEN WATER IS THICKER THAN BLOOD
Temitayo Jaiyeola (Nigeria)- INCIDENT
Isaac Ayodeji (Nigeria)- ABACHA FOREVER
Chidimma Onyekachukwu (Nigeria) -RIGASA’S MAFRIKA
Okechi Okeke (Nigeria) -WHEN SULLEN FACES GNAW ON YOU
Melody Anthony (Nigeria)- THE MANY-FACED GOD
Ezeigbo Esther (Nigeria) – OGU UMUNWANYI: THE STORY OF NNEDI

The winner will be announced in July, receiving a cash prize of $1,000.

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