The ASFS is the organization of African writers, artists, editors, and publishers in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres.

Ilube Nommo Award for best novel:  David Mojo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Nommo Award for best novella:  Incompleteness Theories by Wole Talabi
Nommo Award for best short story: an exact tie in number of votes cast for each:
'Tiny Bravery' by Ada Nnadi
'Sin Eater' by Chikodili Emelumadu
Nommo Award for best comic/graphic novel:  Danfo by Morakinyo Araoye (author) and Ogim Ekpezu (artist).
Congratulations to the winners and all the short listed creators.  Many thanks again to the Ake Festival for hosting and working so hard on the virtual presentation.  Thanks to the presenters: Tade Thompson, Chinelo Onwualu, Setor Fiadzigbey and Mame Bougouma Diene. 

2020 Nommo Awards ceremony on Sunday 25 October 7pm WAT on Ake Festival YouTube channel

Momentous events in Nigeria meant that both Ake Festival and the Nommo Award participants this year felt it was appropriate to suspend the usual opening ceremony Ake Festival announcement. The 2020 Nommo Awards ceremony will now be webcast Sunday 25 October at 7 pm WAT at
Distingushed presenters this year are Tade Thompson, winner of the first Ilube Nommo Award for best novel and th Clarke Award, Chinelo Onwualu co-founder of Omenana Magazine, Mame Bougouma Diene distinguished author and ASFS officer and Setor Fiadzigbey co-winner of the 2018 Nommo Award for best com

Storybundle--instant library of African classics

In what could be the biggest publication event in African Speculative Fiction since the first anthologies were published back in 2014, Storybundle is offering an irresistible collection of great fiction, including the very first anthology from Africa’s premiere SFF magazine, Omenana, alongside great earlier anthologies like AfroSF, Lagos 2060, Imagine Africa 500 and Afrofuture(s) from the Jalada Pan-African collective, plus great works from individual authors. And yes, they are offering a donation deal to us here at the ASFS, but this bundle would plug any reader direct into the history of African futurism, African Spec Fic, Spiritual Fiction or whatever you want call it. Check out link at  Curated by Ivor Hartmann, founded with Jason Chen of Gizmodo.  

Wole Talabi database to be restored 

The database of published spec fiction by Africans is temporarily down due to a supplier issue   This is being resolved and the database should be back up and available in the next few days.  Please continue to enter your published fiction into the database for the record. 

2020 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans Short Lists announced

These are the Short Lists for the 2020 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans.  Voting for the winners by members of the ASFS will start on 30 May and end 30 August.

Much more detailed information about the Short Listed works and authors appear on our Short List pages.

Our FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION page lists where the works are available online and gives members access to some of the works available only in print.  It will be added to over time.

For more information visit email

2020 Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Novel by an African Short List

Masande Ntshanga               TRIANGULUM (Penguin Random House South Africa)

Namwali Serpell                    THE OLD DRIFT (Penguin Random House/Vintage/Hogarth)                                                                    

Nerine Dorman                     SING DOWN THE STARS (Tafelberg)

Suyi Davies Okungbowa       DAVID MOGO, GODHUNTER  (Abaddon)

Tade Thompson                    ROSEWATER INSURRECTION (Orbit)

Tochi Onyebuchi                   WAR GIRLS (Razorbill Penguin Group)


2020 Nommo Award for Best Speculative Novella by an African Short List

Caldon Mull               WEATHERMAN (Caldon Mull)

Kerstin Hall                THE BORDER KEEPER  (

Wole Talabi                INCOMPLETENESS THEORIES (from single-author anthology INCOMPLETE SOLUTIONS, Luna Press)


2020 Nommo Award for Best Speculative Short Story by an African Short List

Ada Nnadi                              TINY BRAVERY (Omenana)

Chikodili Emelumadu           SIN EATER  (Omenana)

Deji Bryce Olukotun             BETWEEN THE DARK AND THE DARK  (Lightspeed)

Ivana Akotowaa Ofori          PRINCIPLES OF BALANCE  (Jalada)

Suyi Davies Okungbowa      THE HAUNTING OF 13 OLÚWO STREET  (Fireside)

Wole Talabi                           WHEN WE DREAM WE ARE OUR GOD (Apex Magazine and ALL BORDERS ARE               TEMPORARY,   TrAP Magazine)


2020 Nommo Award for Best Graphic Novel/Comic by Africans

BEAST FROM VENUS by Kiprop Kimutai (author) and Salim Busuru (artist) (Avandu Vosi)

CAPTAIN SOUTH AFRICA by Bill Masuku (artist and author) (Enigma Comix)

DANFO by Morakinyo Araoye, and Steven Akinyemi (authors) Ogim Ekpezu (artist)  (TAG Comics)

HAWI by Beserat Debebe (author) and Stanley Obende (artist)  (Etan Comics)

KAMI by Mika Hirwa (author and artist) (Mira Hirwa publisher)

NANI by Ziki Nelson (author) Jason Lamy (artist) (Kugali comics)

SANU by Ssentongo Charles (author and artist) Elupe Comics

WELCOME TO DEAD WORLD by Bill Masuku (author and art) (Sam Graphico Anthology)

The short list for the Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans is available here. Congratulations to all those in the short and long lists. Read the full shortlists for the Illube Nommo Novel award... and the other categories. Members can read many of the works for free.

 As a valuable resource to both readers and writers of SFF, the ASFS maintains a list of speculative fiction by African writers here. You can help fill gaps in this list by completing the form provided here.

ASFS on Facebook
ASFS on Twitter