Respected blog site, This Is Africa, has just put up a list of 9 authors published in Africa you should know about and we are pleased to note two of these authors, the first two on the list, are our very own Parrésia Books imprint authors. They are Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Chika Unigwe.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s “The Whispering Trees” is also now available for download on mobile literature vendor Okada Books. Download the Okada Books Android app HERE.
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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, born in Jos, Nigeria, writes prose, poetry and drama. He won the BBC African Performance Prize in 2007, the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose in 2008, was runner-up for the ANA Plateau Poetry Prize, was a fellow of the British Council Radiophonics creative workshop, attended the Fidelity Bank Creative Writing Workshop, the 2012 and 2013 Caine Prize workshops, and has also been a Gabriel Marquez Fellow. His debut collection of short stories The Whispering Trees, published by Paressia, was longlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for African Literature, and the title story shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. His was the only story published on the continent to be shortlisted for the Caine Prize that year. He is the arts editor at the Abuja-based Sunday Trust. He was a mentor on the 2013 Writivism programme, facilitated the Abuja Writivism workshop in 2014 and judged the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize. He also facilitated the Caine Short Story surgery at the 2014 Port Harcourt Book Festival.
2. Chika Unigwe (Night Dancer)
Chika Unigwe, born in Enugu, Nigeria, writes fiction in English and Dutch. She was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003 and won the BBC Short Story competition and the Commonwealth Short Story competition in 2004. Her debut novel De Feniks, written in Dutch and published in 2005, was shortlisted for the Vrouw en Kultuur debuutprijs prize. It was later published in Nigeria by Farafina Publishers in 2007 as The Phoenix. In 2009, her novel On Black Sisters’ Street was published by Jonathan Cape and won the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2012. It was originally published in Dutch as Fata Morgana. In 2012, Night Dancer was published by Jonathan Cape. It was later published in Nigeria by Paressia. Chika has been named by the Hay Festival as one of the top 39 writers under the age of 40 that will shape the future of African Literature. She holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Leiden and is the founder of the Awele Creative Trust.
Find the full #ThisIsAfrica List HERE