Nommo Awards

The winners of the Nommo Awards, presented to recognize works of speculative fiction by Africans, were announced at the Ake Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The awards were given out by the African Speculative Fiction Society.

  • Best Novel: Rosewater, by Tade Thompson
  • Best Novella: Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Best Short story: (tie) “The Marriage Plot,” by Tendai Huchu; “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Best Graphic Novel: Chronic no. 3, “The Corpse Exhibition,” by various writers and artists, edited by Ntone Edjabe

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Nommo Nominations

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the nominees for the inaugural Nommo Awards. The nominees are speculative fiction published in 2015 or 2016, and are considered to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines. The winners will be honored at the Aké Festival, in November 2017 in Nigeria. A prize of $3,000 will be shared among the winners of four categories: best novel ($1,000), best novella ($500), best short story ($500), and best graphic novel ($1,000).

Best Novel

  • Blackass, by A. Igoni Barrett
  • Azotus, the Kingdom, by Shadreck Chikoti
  • Taty Went West, by Nikhil Singh
  • Rosewater, by Tade Thompson
  • Azanian Bridges, by Nick Wood

Best Novella

  • “Hell Freezes Over,” by Mame Bougouma Diene
  • “The Flying Man of Stone,” by Dilman Dila
  • Ta O’Reva, by Muthi Nhlema
  • Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • “The Last Pantheon,” by Tade Thompson & Nick Wood

Best Short Story

  • “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • “The Marriage Plot,” by Tendai Huchu
  • “Sundown,” by Acan Innocent Immaculate
  • “Ndakusuwa,” by Blaize M. Kaye
  • “Wednesday’s Story,” by Wole Talabi

Best Graphic Novel

  • Chronic #3: “The Corpse Exhibition,” edited by Ntone Edjabe
  • June XII, by Ibrahim Ganiyu & Stanley Obende
  • Avonome, by Xavier Ighorodje & Stanley Obende
  • Might of Guardian Prime, by Jide Martin & Toheeb Deer Ipaye

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100 African Writers of SF

Geoff Ryman is beginning a series of articles at Strange Horizons which will run through 2017 and 18 looking at the explosion of speculative fiction coming from Africa. The series began on Monday, February 27 looking at writers in Nairobi, Kenya, and will continue with two more chapters published this week and additional chapters published about every two months. 100 African Writers of SFF is supported and made possible by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust.
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Nommo Awards Created

The African Speculative Fiction Society has announced the creation of the Nommo Awards, to be presented for African Speculative Fiction. The awards, which currently have four years worth of funding thanks to Tom Ilube, will launch at this year’s Ake Festival in November, with the first awards, for best novel, best novella, best short story, and best graphic novels presented in 2017. The award is pan-African and is open to authors and artists with African citizenship, or who grew up in Africa or who live abroad and have at least one African parent.

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African Science Fiction Symposium

On November 20, Africa In Science Fiction will be held at the Southbank Centre in London. The first part of the program will be a panel discussion called “Universal Mind Control” and chaired by Toyin Agbetu. Other panelists will include Tosin Coker and Biram Mboob. The second part of the symposium will be called “Parable of the Talents” and is a film screening with a question and answer period with Joy Francis, Oladipo Agboluaje, and animator Kibwe Tavares. The event is being coordinated by Agbetu and Courttia Newland.

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