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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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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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