The shortlist for the Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2020 has been announced in Lagos today, October 13, 2020.

The Toyin Fálọlá Prize is a new prize from Nigerian-based Lunaris aimed at honouring distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Prof 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 honours his endeavours 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 and in September, the longlist of twenty four short stories was announced.

The shortlist of eight stories announced today is;

  • A History of Celestial Body, Ani Somtochukwu (Nigeria).
  • Eskia, Nyakallo Maleke (South Africa).
  • Evacuation, Ebele Mogo (Nigeria).
  • Facing Our Ochred Selves, Mlamli Tyulu (South Africa).
  • The disappearance of Sergeant Donkey, Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria).
  • The Last Shot of Ahmed Bey’ Cannon, Fayssal Bensalah (Algeria).
  • The Windsor Academy, Julian Nii Kpakpo Anum (Ghana)
  • This is My Body, Faraaz Mahomed (South Africa).

Speaking about the shortlist the judging panel said, “these stories delightfully brought the diverse experience of being Africa in contemporary times quite close.”

The winner, to be revealed at the Ake Festival 2020, goes home with the $1,000 cash prize and a fully-funded travel trip to attend the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literature in Bayreuth, Germany.