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Charles King. Photo credit: Writivism.

The 2017 Writivism Kofi Addo Prize for Nonfiction has gone to South Africa’s Charles King. He won for “Meat Bomb.” Alongside him on the shortlist were two Nigerians: Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna, for “A Long Way From Home,” and Sada Malumfashi, for “Finding Binyavanga.”

First awarded in 2016, $400 Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Nonfiction, initially open only to Ghanaians, is organised by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and is a highlight of the annual Writivism Festival, alongside its sister prize, the Writivism Short Story Prize.

Charles King is a lecturer and writer in Cape Town where, amongst others, he teaches how to report climate change and homophobia.

Read Charles King’s “Meat Bomb,” Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna’s “A Long Way From Home,” and Sada Malumfashi’s “Finding Binyavanga” in Enkare Review.

Congratulations to Charles King.

See photos from the 2017 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda.

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Otosirieze Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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