The 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction Longlist

The Writivism Literary Initiative is pleased to announce the 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction longlist of 10 stories selected from almost 150 entries by a team of three judges chaired by Akwaeke Emezi. The other judges are Sumayya Lee and Daniel Kalinaki.

The 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction longlist features stories by;

Ope Adedeji dreams about a lot of things but most especially about bridging the gender equality gap and destroying the patriarchy. She is an intellectual property lawyer and currently, the Managing Editor of Ouida Books. Her work has appeared on Arts and Africa, Afreada and the Kalahari Review. If you do not find her reading a book, you would find her writing one.


Tolu Daniel is a writer and editor. His essays and short stories have appeared on, The Wagon Magazine, Prachya Review, Elsewhere Literary Journal, Expound Magazine, Bakwa Magazine, Saraba Magazine, Panorama Journal, Arts & Africa and a few other places. Tolu currently holds editorial positions with Afridiaspora, The Single Story Foundation Journal and Panorama Journal. He lives in Abeokuta and can be found on twitter via @iamToluDaniel.


Achan Mfeqane is a 19-year old Kenyan enamoured with things literature and journalism. Reading and writing to broaden her horizons is one of her longtime passions, having been introduced to publications like Reader’s Digest at the age of 8. Today, she enjoys reading and learning from well-researched articles in magazines such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, GQ and Rolling Stone, as well as content from publications like VICE. She spends her downtime following her favourite football club Arsenal, hanging out with her twin sister Quji, and marvelling at her family’s two adorable cats, Thinny and Mamba.


Mmabatho Motaung was born in Soweto in 1982. She attended school at Jeppe Girls High. She worked as a call centre agent and in 2016, studied Photography at the Market Photo Workshop. In 2017, her 30 XiTsonga poems were published by Avbob poetry. She aims at publishing books in both fiction and nonfiction. She is currently in the process of creating an online magazine aimed at celebrating unknown artists and the lives of ordinary people which is scheduled to be launched in September 2018.


Originally from Zambia, Chisanga Mukuka was raised in Lesotho before moving to Cape Town, South Africa, where she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Media Theory & Practice at the University of Cape Town. She has always had a love for words and literature and recently took steps towards developing her own writing, both fiction and non-fiction.


Precious Mwansa is a charismatic Zambian lady with an unshakable love for authentic story-telling. Although writing was something she merely stumbled upon, it has changed her life in so many ways. In 2015, she was selected as one of the twenty international winners of the Global Dialogues story-creating contest. In the following year, her work was part of an anthropology created by Curits Bausse and other contributors. It was on sale on amazon and all proceeds went to charity. She is a student by day at a writer by night and enjoys the latter way more than the former.


Chibųìhè Obi is a queer writer from Nigeria. He is a 2018 Fellow of Ebedi International Writers Residency; winner of the Brittle Paper Anniversary award and a finalist for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award. His works have been published or forthcoming in Guernica, HEArt Journal, Brittle Paper, Cosmonauts Avenue, Gnarled Oak, Bluepepper, Kalahari Review, Expound Magazine, Praxis, 14: Queer Art, etc. His poetry chapbook, ” a haloed wound ” will be published in the US this fall from Damaged Goods Press.


Frances Ogamba lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She was on the long list of Writivism Short Story Prize 2016 and Awele Creative Trust Award 2018. Her stories have been published on Afridiaspora and Writivism prize 2016 anthologies, and have appeared online on Enkare Review, Ynaija, and Akoma. She loves photography and hopes to capture life in film as much as she does in her writing.


Karis Onyemenam is a poet, writer and freelance photographer. Her short story was recently published in the inaugural issue of FLY zine, an online magazine that curates the experiences of women and non-binary people of colour at the University of Cambridge. Her Koffi Addo submission is part of a broader project that explores conflicting identities and the immigrant experience.


Poems & Essays by Nana Karikari Prempeh, formerly writing under the mononym, Akyempo, recently appear on Praxis and More Branches. Shortlisted for the 2018 Random Thoughts Africa Prize, he is the 2016 winner of the Three Sixty Writers’ Challenge.



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