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Nadine Gordimer was a former winner of the Fonlon-Nichols Award. Image from Telegraph.co.uk.

Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard Fonlon and Lee Nichols, seeks works that cherish and contribute to both African literature and the freedom of expression. Bernard Fonlon was a writer, teacher, literary editor, and head of African Literature Department at the University of Yaounde. Lee Nichols is a journalist who has supported human rights for decades.

The Award is given annually by the African Literature Association (ALA). Past winners include Tanure Ojaide, Nadine Gordimer, Chukwuemeka Ike, Nawal El Saadawi, Nuruddin Farah, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Wole Soyinka, among others.

Of Falon, Soyinka noted during his acceptance speech that he “was somebody I remember with great fondness. We met in the Cameroons in those very early, young, brash days when we were [the] ‘Renaissance’ people of Africa—what a word! I remember this marvelous, brilliant intellect, very warm human being.”

To nominate a writer, you are required to write a biographical profile of the nominee and a two single-spaced detailed justification for the nomination. Send your nominations to aewilley@louisville.edu.

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Vincent Ogoti is a journalist, playwright, and literary editor. His first book, A Shadow in the Sun, will be released later this year. Vincent holds a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, a postgraduate diploma in mass communication, and a bachelor’s degree in education, literature, and linguistics from the University of Nairobi. He has also studied English and African Studies (coursework) at Yale University where he was a Fulbright scholar at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He worked as an editor with Longhorn, a leading publishing house in eastern Africa, where he edited many creative books some of which have won prestigious literary prizes such as Burt Award for African Literature.

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