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Prose

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is an African speculative fiction writer and editor from Nigeria. He won the Nommo award for best short story for an African in 2018, was longlisted for the 2019 Nommo award and won the 2020 Horror Writers Association diversity grant. His novella Ife-Iyoku, Tale of Imadeyunuagbon is a finalist in the Nebula, Nommo, British Science Fiction Association and Sturgeon awards. The Dominion anthology where it is published and which he co-edited is a finalist in the Locus and This Is Horror awards. His written works, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in TorDotCom, NBC, Strange Horizons, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Galaxy’s Edge and others. He was a guest editor at Interstellar Flight Press, the co-founder of Jembefola Press and co-editor of the first ever Year’s Best African speculative fiction anthology and Africa Risen forthcoming from Tor. He’s a member of the African speculative fiction society, the Horror Writers Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

ML Kejera

ML Kejera

ML Kejera is a Gambian writer based in Illinois. He was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2020. A story of his was nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing. His work has previously appeared in Lolwe, adda, The Nation, and Strange Horizons.

Poetry

Sihle Ntuli

Sihle Ntuli is a South African poet and classicist living in Durban. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Classical Civilisations and has previously lectured at the University of the Free State. His poetry was shortlisted for the DALRO Poetry Prize in 2017. He most recently became the author of the poetry chapbook, Rumblin in 2020. He has had work published on notable journals such as Lolwe, The Rumpus & The Johannesburg Review of Books.

Ogwiji Ehi

Ehi-kowoicho Ogwiji

Ehi-kowoicho Ogwiji is a writer and editor. She freelances as a copywriter and content strategist. Her writings have appeared in Harpers Bazaar, Ake Review, The Upper Room Devotional, Gyroscope Review, Lolwe, Chestnut Review, and elsewhere. In 2019, she won the third-place prize in the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. Her poem, “The Design of Girlhood in my Village” was named favorite entry of 1500 entries by Amika George, one of the judges at the 2020, Girl Rising Storytelling Challenge in which Ehi-kowoicho emerged a co-winner. She is currently a volunteer judge at the Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition, 2021; the Creative Director at Eboquills and Features Editor, Con-scio Magazine. Ehi-kowoicho is the author of Icebreaker, a poetry chapbook. She can be reached via email at ogwijib@gmail.com.

Visual Art

Funmilayo Obasa

Funmilayo Obasa

Funmilayo Obasa, a non-fiction writer, poet, and photographer, is passionate about UX Research, literature, and visual art. From Kwara, Abuja, or whichever place she finds herself, her art tends to paint the spontaneity of her imagination, humanity & equality [for all], desires, and emotions, in abstract and concrete ways, forging a relationship between society and existence. Some of her works are published in Ice Floe Press, Mineral lit mag, Cephalopress, and Rigorous. She came third place in the Punocracy Prize for Satire (2019), curates the biannual chapbook for Artmosterrific, and was longlisted for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (2019). She also reads poetry for Non.Plus lit. You can visit her personal website, funmilayoobasa.com, or connect with her on Linked In @Funmilayo Obasa.

Martins Deep

Martins Deep

Martins Deep (he/him) is a 27-year-old Nigerian poet, photographer/artist, & currently a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Lolwe, FIYAH, 20.35 Africa, Brittle Paper, Rough Cut Press, Barren Magazine, Eunoia Review, Agbowó Magazine, Cream City Review, Rogue Agent, & elsewhere. He tweets @martinsdeep1