2022 Nommo Award Winners
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS FOR 2022
Below are the Winners in each of the 4 categories and ALL respective nominees for the 2022 Nommo Awards:
Novel Winner (Short List) (The Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African)
Novella Winner (Short List)
Short Story Winner (Short List)
Graphic Novel Winner (Short List)
THE LIBRARY OF THE DEAD
Tor Books, 2021
T. L. Huchu
T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in Lightspeed, Interzone, Analog, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories, 2016, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2021, and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2017), and has been shortlisted for the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (2019). OUR LADY OF MYSTERIOUS AILMENTS is the latest instalment in his Edinburgh Nights fantasy series. Find him @TendaiHuchu”
Tor/Forge, Tordotcom, 2021
Nnedi Okorafor, born in the United States to Igbo Nigerian parents, is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers. She has received the World Fantasy, Nebula, Eisner and Lodestar Awards and multiple Hugo Awards, amongst others, for her books. Nnedi holds a PhD in Literature and two Master's Degrees (Journalism and Literature). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her daughter Anyaugo.
SHORT STORY WINNER
Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. She has an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her writing has won awards such as: a 2022 O. Henry Prize, a Henfield Prize, a Tyson Prize for Fiction, Hopwood Awards (for Novel, Short Fiction, Non-Fiction and Drama), and the 2015 Writivism Prize. She received a work-study scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 2018, an Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship from the Carl Brandon Society to attend the Clarion Workshop in 2019, as well as a 2019 Juniper Summer Workshop scholarship. She was a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow, and her novel-in-progress won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. She is a 2021 Fiction Fellow with the Miami Book Fair, and a 2022 MacDowell fellow.
GRAPHIC NOVEL WINNER
IYANU: CHILD OF WONDER VOL 2
(YouNeek Studios and Dark Horse Comics, 2021)
Roye Okupe (creator/writer), Godwin Akpan (illustrator)
Roye Okupe was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more. His comic MALIKA WARRIOR QUEEN was shortlisted for the Nommo Awards in 2019. It sold more than 40,000 copies of chapter one during Diamond Comic’s Free comic Day in 2017. His work has won several awards including a Glyph Comic Award (2017) and a Heruica Character Creation Award.
Godwin Akpan discovered the digital canvas in the early days of the computer revolution in Nigeria. Having trained as a traditional artist in college, Godwin brings his unique set of skills into creating digital masterpieces. His character design works have been featured in major digital art forums worldwide. He also lectures digital art in masterclasses with the comic panel academy.
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