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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young 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 ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. 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 Nigerian cities. 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 teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just 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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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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