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Zukiswa Wanner (L) and Sisonke Msimang (R). Image from Zukiswa Wanner’s Facebook page.

Last week, when the South African music icon Hugh Masekela passed on and tributes started pouring in, former South African footballer Mark Fish gifted the Internet an indelible moment: he shared of photo of him and “Masekela” and tweeted: “We love you forever…thank you!” The problem? It wasn’t Masekela in the photo. It was the singer Sipho Mabuse, their compatriot.

It didn’t matter that he tweeted an apology afterwards—“Eish extremely sorry wrong picture!”—the #MarkFishChallenge had kicked off: people began sharing photos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all with deliberately wrong captions.

Writers of course joined. On Facebook, Zukiswa Wanner shared the photo above, of her and Sisonke Msimang, and captioned it:

We were bald and beautiful with poet Natalia Molebatsi when she dropped by my home for dinner on Wednesday night. And no. You can’t have our necklaces.

#MarkFishChallenge

Hawa Jande Golakai (L) and Chika Unigwe (R). Image from Golakai’s Facebook page.

Hawa Jande Golakai shared this photo of her and Chika Unigwe on Facebook and captioned it:

It was such a tremendous honour meeting Chimamanda that time at Open Book fest!
#MarkFishChallenge

(Mzansinis abeg forgive Mr Fish o, don’t serve him with peppeh please 😄)

LOL!

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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.

One Response to “From Zukiswa Wanner and Sisonke Msimang to Hawa Golakai and Chika Unigwe: Writers Take on #MarkFishChallenge” Subscribe

  1. PEARL OSIBU 2018/02/06 at 05:32 #

    LMAO.

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