Awaeke Emezi was announced as one of the regional winners for this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Awaeke’s ‘Who Is Like God’ was selected from over 6000 entries received from across the Commonwealth. We compiled a few things about Awaeke you probably did not know.
1. Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo/Tamil writer and was born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria.
3. Her first novel manuscript, Somadina, was selected as a finalist for the 2013 New Visions Award by Lee and Low Books.
4. Akwaeke is a recipient of the Global Arts Fund grant awarded by the Astraea Foundation for her video art and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction through the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation in Bulgaria.
5. She received the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship for her second novel The Death of Vivek Oji and is a 2016 Kimbilio Fellow.
8. Her sister is documentary photographer Yagazie Emezie.
9. Awaeke’s debut novel Freshwater is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in Winter 2018. The novel is based on Igbo ontology, and explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health.
‘Who is Like God’, will be published on www.granta.com on the 13th of June 2017. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will be announced in Singapore on Friday 30 June.
Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It was set up in 2012 to inspire and connect writers and storytellers across the world. We believe that well-told stories can help people make sense of events, engage with others and take action to bring about change.