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 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.
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’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.