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Bengono Essola Edouard, winner of the 2017 Bakwa Short Story Competition.

There has been a burst of literary activities in Cameroon thanks to the amazing work done by platforms like Bakwa Magazine.

A few months ago, Bakwa launched a short story prize designed to “celebrate emerging writers from Cameroon.” Entrants were encouraged to explore a diversity of literary forms including but not limited to fantasy, sci-fi, romance, political allegory, and so on. [read here if you missed it].

We are delighted to announce that Bengono Essola Edouard emerged winner of the prize for his short story titled “De Passion et d’Encre.” The win comes with a cash prize of about $160 dollars.

The magazine had, in December, released a shortlist of four, including the winning entry: “Bad Lake” by Nkiacha Atemnkeng, “Brrrrrrrrr” by A. Bouna Guazong, and “Scrap Hunters” by Dipita Kwa.

The prize judges were Jean-Claude Awono, Donna Forbin, Babila Mutia, Edwige-Renée Dro, and Dr. Madhu  Krishnan.

The winner was announced on February 27 during a lovely event where shortlisted writers read their stories and fielded questions from the audience.

Congrats to Edouard!

Here are photos from the event.

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Nfor Edwin, copy editor at Bakwa Magazine.

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Bengono Essola Edouard (L), winner, receives his certificate from Uwe Jung.

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Rita Bakop facilitated a session.

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Shortlisted writer Bouna Guazong.

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Dzekashu MacViban, editor of Bakwa, curating a session.

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Shortlisted writer Dipita Kwa.

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Photos by @NMNjamnsi via @BMReadingSeries twitter page.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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