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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 a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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