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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 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.

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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