There are 24 writers on the longlist for the Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2020 announced on September 14, 2020.

The Toyin Fálọlá Prize is a new prize from Nigerian-based Lunaris aimed at honouring distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Professor Toyin Fálọlá, whose contributions to the field of African history and culture have continued to place Africa on the map and accord it its deserved recognition. The prize is meant to honour his endeavors and contributions to the advancement of African cultures, peoples, myths, and histories.

The call out for the new prize was made in November last year with young African writers invited to reach to the core of Africa to make, remake, affirm, and re-affirm the African (hi)story creatively. The texts sent in were judged by Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Adunni Abimbola Adelakun.

The following are the stories longlisted for the prize;

  • A Clan of Trees, Ifesie Chimezie / Nigeria
  • A History of Celestial Body, Ani Somtochukwu / Nigeria
  • Abiku, Adelehin Ijasan / Nigeria
  • An Invocation of Names, Hassan Kassim / Kenya
  • Butterflies, Frances Ogamba / Nigeria
  • Eskia, Nyakallo Maleke / South Africa
  • Evacuation, Ebele Mogo / Nigeria
  • Facing Our Ochred Selves, Mlamli Tyulu / South Africa
  • God Bless the Women, Kanyisola Olorunnisola / Nigeria
  • Green Can Happen on Fridays, Chukwuemeka Ojeh / Nigeria
  • In the Sands of Time, Edoziem Miracle / Nigeria
  • It Is Not Finished, Akotowaa Ofori / Ghana
  • Malediction, Michelle Alipao Chikaonda / Malawi
  • Memories of Archers, Joel Kapante / Kenya
  • Ogbanje, Kingsley Okpii / Nigeria
  • Popobawa, Mango Joyce Nawiri / Kenya
  • The disappearance of Sergeant Donkey, Samuel Kolawole / Nigeria
  • The Last Shot of Ahmed Bey’ Canon, Fayssal Bensalah / Algeria
  • The Place, Chinenye Okechukwu / Nigeria
  • The Sekants, Olutola Owolabi / Nigeria
  • The Untold Story of Tsavo Man Eaters, Chikondi Tembo / Zambia
  • The Windsor Academy, Julian Nii Kpakpo Anum/ Ghana
  • Things Fell Apart, Chidum Vitus / Nigeria
  • This is My Body, Faraaz Mahomed / South Africa

The shortlist and winner will be announced in due course. The winner of the prize goes home with a cash prize of US$700.