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Prize winners

The following are the winners of the  Wole Soyinka Prize over the years:

Akim bellow 2014 winner

Akin Bello


BOOK TITLE:  The Egbon of Lagos

Born in Lagos in 1950, Akin Bello was educated at Oyo, Ghana and the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, where he obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) (Pol. Science) in the 2nd Class (Upper) Division in 1975. A widely travelled man with a richly diversified work experience, he lives in Ibadan now where he works as Executive Director of an NGO. He was Chairman, Oyo State Chapter of ANA for four years (2008-2012). And he has published three novels and a poetry collection. ‘Egbon of Lagos’ is his debut as playwright. He is married with four children.

sifiso  Sifiso Mzobe


BOOK TITLE:  Young Blood

Sifiso Mzobe was born in Umlazi Township, Durban, where he also went to school. After attending St Francis College, he studied Journalism at Damelin Business Campus in Durban.

He currently works for a community newspaper in Durban as a journalist.

Winner of the Sunday Times Literary Award 2011.

  kopanoKopano Matiwa

2010 (Co-Winner)

BOOK TITLE:  Coconut

Born 1985, Kopano is a South African writer known for her novel Spilt Milk, which focuses on the South Africa's "Born Free" generation, or those who became adults in the post-Apartheid era and Coconut, her debut novel, which addresses issues of race, class and colonization in modern Johannesburg.

Matlwa is influenced by her youth when writing. She is also a physician, who wrote her first novel, Coconut, while completing her medical degree.

Matlwa has been cited as the emerging voice of a new generation of South African writers, dealing with issues such as race, poverty and gender.

 wale Wale Okediran

2010 (Co-Winner)

BOOK TITLE:  Tenants of the House

Wale Okediran is a medical doctor, has published five novels, and short stories in several journals in Nigeria and overseas. He writes a weekly medical column in The Nigerian Tribune and was formerly general secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors.

nnediNnedi Okorofor


BOOK TITLE:  Zahrah the windseeker

Born April 8, 1974 (age 42) Nnedi Okorafor (full name: Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor; previously known as Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu)
is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction.

The American-born daughter of Igbo Nigerian parents, she has been visiting Nigeria since she was very young. During her years attending high-school, Okorafor was known for being a star athlete tennis player and dominant in science studies, regarding the academic material as an engaging hobby more-so than a task.

 sefi Sefi Atta


BOOK TITLE:  Everything Good Will Come

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in January 1964, to a family of five children. She was educated there, in England and the United States.

A former chartered accountant and CPA, she is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
Her short stories have appeared in journals like Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review.


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