2023 Idembeka Creative Writing Workshop Fellows

2023 Idembeka Creative Writing Workshop Fellows

Annually, The Idembeka Creative Writing Workshop holds and has nurtured various writers across Africa. Writers often seeks an opportunity to grow themselves and build their creative writing skill. This workshop has been a medium for many writers. In October 2022, Idembeka Creative Writing Workshop called for entrants within Africa. After critical assessment of applications, the organizers of the workshop is pleased to announce its first fellows.

Idembeka Creative Writing Workshop Fellows 2023

1. Entry Wound​ ​​​  Ebubechukwu Udeoba (Nigeria) Poetry
2. Building a Nest  ​​​​Adaobi Chiemelu(Nigeria) -Poetry
3. Sour  ​​​​​Matshediso Radebe(South Africa) -Fiction
4. Sunlit  ​​​​Immaculate Halla(Tanzania) -Fiction
5. The Sin of a Saint  ​​​​Mohan Akal(Kenya) -Fiction​​​
6. Mother  ​​​​​Ntombikamama Moyo (Zimbabwe) -Fiction
7. Disappearing Footprints ​​​Nnaemeka Nnam (Nigeria) –Poetry
8. Seventy Times Seven ​​​Anjola Ogunsanwo(Nigeria) -Fiction
9. The Night I Drank Myself to a Stupor  Adeola Aregbesola (Nigeria) -Fiction
10. The Things You Should Have Said  Zenande Black (South Africa) -Fiction

These ten writers will attend a five-day virtual workshop, from the 9th to 13th of January 2023, taught by Frances Ogamba, Okey Ndibe, Ukamaka Olisakwe, T.L. Huchu, Mubanga Kalimamukwento, and Kasimma.

Works from the workshop will be considered for publication on Isele Magazine.


Due to their sponsors, the organizers of Idembeka  workshop can offer each fellow a modest stipend.

Ebubechukwu Udeoba (Nigeria)

Ebubechukwu Udeoba, a Nigerian writer. is an alumnus of the 2021 SprinNG writing fellowship. His work has appeared on Kalahari Review, NSPP anthologies, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Nigerian News Direct Poetry Prize, 2020, and was the 2nd Runner Up in the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) 2021. He’s on Twitter @ebubeudeoba.

Adaobi Chiemelu (Nigeria)

Adaobi Chiemelu is a consummate artist of Igbo-Nigerian descent. She is deeply passionate about beauty, truth, language, nature, and culture. She is currently working as an editor and researcher on a number of Igbo language and culture projects.

She is the author of Purple Heart, a poetry chapbook with a confessional theme, released October 2022 and available for purchase. You can find her online (IG/Twitter/YouTube) @adaolilies.

Matshediso Radebe (South Africa)

Matshediso Radebe is a 22-year-old South African short fiction writer. Her pieces tend to be built on characters and their relationships more than anything else. She has been writing since she was nine but only recently started taking short fiction craft more seriously.  She is a BA Communication student.

Immaculate Halla (Tanzania)

Immaculate Halla was born in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. An avid reader with a passion for writing short stories, novels, and poetry. She shows some of her work on Writers Space Africa, and she runs a substack newsletter called ‘One More Book’, which is a lounge for books, bookworms, and writers.

Mohan Akal (Kenya)

Akal Mohan is an emerging writer and poet currently based in Kampala, Uganda. He reads in trust and writes in faith and thinks of stories as a way of processing the world. 


Ntombikamama Moyo (Zimbabwe)

Ntombikamama Moyo has an Honours degree in Publishing Studies from the National University of Science and Technology and has previously worked as a Publishers assistant, copy editor, and proofreader. In 2020, she published her debut novel In 30 Days.  Her short story, Stuck in Limbo, was shortlisted in a national writing competition and subsequently published in the Intwasa Short Stories Anthology Volume 2 in 2022. Ntombi’s work is biased towards romance and drama which celebrates family and friendship values.  

Nnaemeka Nnam (Nigeria)

Nnaemeka Nnam is a Nigerian Poet who exists on the margin. Their poems have been published or are forthcoming at Nnk Stories, W&S and elsewhere. Nnaemeka wants you to embrace love, sadness and joy as they come. When they are not obsessing over books on Instagram, they are wishing upon a star.

Anjola Ogunsanwo (Nigeria)

Anjola Ogunsanwo holds a first-class degree in communications from Covenant University. She works as a copywriter and social media strategist and TV host. Her works have been featured on Green Black Tales and Taint Taint Taint lit Mag. In 2020, her first feature manuscript Of Orchids and New Songs was shortlisted for the QuramoWriters prize.

Adeola Aregbesola (Nigeria)

Adeola Aregbesola is a 23-year-old Nigerian writer.

Zenande Black (South Africa)

Zenande Black is a writer who studied Film and Television. She writes scripts and short stories. Zen spends most of her time writing and growing her own food.

Congratulations to the Fellows!


If you wish for amazing opportunities as a writer, you can start by applying for Writing Fellowships and  contests

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