2016

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Nigeria

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. He holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. His debut short story collection The Whispering Trees was long-listed for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013), a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015) and was included in the Africa39 anthology of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40. He was a mentor on the 2013 Writivism programme and judged the Writivism Short Story Prize in 2014. His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, will be published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers. Abubakar is the Arts Editor of the Daily Trust newspaper and lives in Abuja, Nigeria. He was also a judge of the 2015 Edition of Etisalat Flash Fiction Award.

Ndinda Kioko

Kenya

Ndinda Kioko is a Kenyan writer and filmmaker whose short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. She was recently published in the Africa39 project, a selection of 39 African writers under the age of 40 who are expected to shape the African literature of the future. Her works have appeared in several publications including Fresh Paint – Literary Vignettes by Kenyan Women -- and Jalada Africa. Her short fiction was also recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s Shorts. She has written and produced two television shows for Mnet and is currently working on her third. "My book is about a haunted young woman who quits everything and returns to an old childhood town in an attempt to conjure the fading memories of her youth. It is a story that charts the journey of remembering, exploring the relationship between a dead mother and a daughter; the relationship between a young woman and an old town and the loss and grief they all share.

Odafe Atogun

Nigeria

Born in Nigeria, Odafe Atogun is a writer who draws inspiration from his African society to create a unique and colourful world where humankind is consumed by a common desire for change. His debut novel, Taduno’s Song, published by Canongate, has been acquired in the US by Alfred A. Knopf, and is to be translated into German by Arche, Italian by Frassinelli, and Turkish by Yurt Kitap, with other countries soon to come. Following his two-book deal with Canongate, Alfred A. Knopf and Arche, he has completed his second novel which is currently being prepared for publication. Now a fulltime writer based in Abuja, he is working on his third book.

Tendai Huchu

Zimbabwe

Tendai Huchu’s first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish. His short fiction in multiple genres and nonfiction have appeared in The Manchester Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Gutter, Interzone, AfroSF, Wasafiri, Warscapes, The Africa Report and elsewhere. In 2013 he received a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Sacatar Fellowship. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize. His new novel is The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician.

2015

Toni is a Nigerian writer, editor, public relations senior management executive, and teacher. He is author of the collection of short stories, Nights of a Creaking Bed, noted for exploring themes on African sexuality, and published by Cassava Republic (Nigerian publishers of writers such as Teju Cole). He was the winner of the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa literature prize, awarded by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), in 2009.[1] Kan studied English literature at the University of Jos and earned an M.A in English literature at the University of Lagos in 1996.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. He holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. His debut short story collection The Whispering Trees was long-listed for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013), a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015) and was included in the Africa39 anthology of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40. He was a mentor on the 2013 Writivism programme and judged the Writivism Short Story Prize in 2014. His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, will be published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers. Abubakar is the Arts Editor of the Daily Trust newspaper and lives in Abuja, Nigeria. He was also a judge of the 2015 Edition of Etisalat Flash Fiction Award.
Hawa Jande Golakai is from Liberia and was born in 1979. As a result of political and economic unrest she moved around a great deal with her family and lived in many African countries, including Togo, Ghana and Zimbabwe, before coming to Cape Town as a student in 2003.Hawa trained and worked as a medical researcher in immunology at local academic research institutions. She writes from her experiences as a refugee, foreigner, scientist and contemporary African nomad, a life which has helped foster an intense passion for crime and thriller fiction. The Lazarus Effect is her first novel and was long-listed for the Wole Soyinka Prize for African writers and shortlisted for both the Sunday Times Literary Prize for Fiction and the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize for Creative Writing.
Monica Zodwa Cheru is a Zimbabwean journalist, author and communications consultant. In both her fiction stories and media articles, there is the underlying theme of women and children’s issues. She strongly believes that most perceived barriers for modern women are of the making of their own minds rather than outside forces. She is the founding editor of Cool Lifestyle, the first dedicated children’s newspaper in Zimbabwe.