The Toyin Fálọlá Prize Longlist 2020

Lunaris Review has announced the longlist for the Toyin Falola Prize for a prose piece that engages “the historicity of an African place, people, time or event.” Announced on Twitter on the 14th of September, the longlist of 24 writers includes writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, and Algeria – with Nigeria taking the lead with the highest number of writers on the longlist. 

The longlist will be cut down to the shortlist, from which the winner will be selected. The winner, to be selected by the judges Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Adunni Abimbola Adelakun, will receive $1000.

Here is the longlist for the Toyin Falola Prize:

  • A Clan of Trees, Ifesie Chimezie / Nigeria
  • A History of Celestial Body, Ani Somtochukwu / Nigeria
  • Abiku, Adelehin Ijasan / Nigeria
  • An Invocation of Names, Hassan Kassim / Kenya
  • Butterflies, Frances Ogamba / Nigeria
  • Eskia, Nyakallo Maleke / South Africa
  • Evacuation, Ebele Mogo / Nigeria
  • Facing Our Ochred Selves, Mlamli Tyulu / South Africa
  • God Bless the Women, Kanyisola Olorunnisola / Nigeria
  • Green Can Happen on Fridays, Chukwuemeka Ojeh / Nigeria
  • In the Sands of Time, Edoziem Miracle / Nigeria
  • It Is Not Finished, Akotowaa Ofori / Ghana
  • Malediction, Michelle Alipao Chikaonda / Malawi
  • Memories of Archers, Joel Kapante / Kenya
  • Ogbanje, Kingsley Okpii / Nigeria
  • Popobawa, Mango Joyce Nawiri / Kenya
  • The Disappearance of Sergeant Donkey, Samuel Kolawole / Nigeria
  • The Last Shot of Ahmed Bey’ Canon, Fayssal Bensalah / Algeria
  • The Place, Chinenye Okechukwu / Nigeria
  • The Sekants, Olutola Owolabi / Nigeria
  • The Untold Story of Tsavo Man Eaters, Chikondi Tembo / Zambia
  • The Windsor Academy, Julian Nii Kpakpo Anum/ Ghana
  • Things Fell Apart, Chidum Vitus / Nigeria
  • This is My Body, Faraaz Mahomed / South Africa

Congratulations to the writers longlisted for the Toyin Falola Prize 2020. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

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