African writers at Hugo awards

Nnedi Okorafor and Tomi Adeyemi have both earned 2019 nominations for the Hugo awards for their separate works.

The Hugo Awards are the literary awards initially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards until 1992 when they adopted “Hugo” after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. Organized and overseen by the World Science Fiction Society, they are handed out every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.  Previous winners of the awards, first handed out in 1953, include Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, and J. K. Rowling.

Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults and no new comer to the prestigious award. One of her books nominated for best novella this year is Binti which was nominated in 2016 and went on to win and was again nominated in 2018. Her graphic novel, Black panther long live the king has also been nominated for the prestigious award of best graphic story this year.

Buzzing writer Tomi Adeyemi is also nominated for the award for her young adult standout, children of blood and bone, a New York Times best seller. The book was a great success and will be adapted to screen directed by rick Famuyiwa. The book is up for the lodestar award for best young adult book, and a sequel is expected soon.

We wish to congratulate both authors for their amazing work and hopefully bring the awards back to our continent.

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By NAICCON on Apr 8, 2019