Redemption Song and other stories

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Pub Date: 07/02/2018

Publisher: New Internationalist

Imprint: New Internationalist

ISBN 13: 9781780264615

ISBN 10: 1780264615

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Redemption Song and other stories

By Olufunke Ogundimu, Wole Talabi, Makena Onjerika, Stacy Hardy, Nonyelum Ekwempuis

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About the Book

Now in its nineteenth year the Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading

literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in

English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.

Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika has won the 2018 Caine Prize for her short story entitled “Fanta Blackcurrant”.

This collection brings together the five 2018 shortlisted stories:

American Dreamby Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria)

The Armed Letter Writersby Olofunke Ogundimu (Nigeria)

Fanta Blackcurrant by Makena Onjerika (Kenya)

Involution by Stacy Hardy (South Africa)

Wednesday’s Storyby Wole Talabi (Nigeria)

It also includes 12 stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’Workshop, which took

place in Rwanda in April 2018:

No Ordinary Soirée by Paula Akugizibwe

Tie Kidi by Awuor Onyango

Calling the Clouds Home by Heran T. Abate

America by Caroline Numuhire

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Troy Onyango

Departure by Nsah Mala

Where Rivers Go to Die by Dilman Dila

Ngozi by Bongani Sibanda

The Weaving of Death by Lucky Grace Isingizwe

Redemption Song by Arinze Ifeakandu

Spaceman by Bongani Kona

Grief is the Gift that Breaks the Spirit Open by Eloghosa Osunde

About the Book

The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English. This volume includes the 2018 winner (Makena Onjerika for “Fanta Blackcurrant”), the four other shortlisted stories and 12 additional stories from the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop.


Olufunke Ogundimu was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work has been published in Dream Chasers, Nothing to See Here, Red Rock Review,

New Orleans Reviewand Transition Magazine. She is working on a short-story collection reluctantly entitled The Was Thing, and a historical novel set in the 12th-century Oyo Kingdom, titled

Memories of Three Rivers. ‘The Armed Letter Writers’ was first published in "The African Literary Hustle" issue of The New Orleans Review (2017).Wole Talabi is a full-time engineer, part-time writer and some time editor from Nigeria. His stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Omenana, Terraform, The Kalahari Review, Imagine Africa 500 anthology, and a few other places. He edited the anthologies These Words Expose Us and Lights Out: Resurrection and co-wrote the play Color Me Man. His fiction has been nominated for several science fiction and fantasy awards. He likes scuba diving, elegant equations and oddly-shaped things. He currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "Wednesday’s Story" was first published in Lightspeed Magazine(2016).Makena Onjerika is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing programme at New York University, and has been published in Urban ConfustionsandWasafiri. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya, and

is currently working on a fantasy novel. "Fanta Blackcurrant" was originally published in Wasafiri (2017 ).Stacy Hardy is a writer and an editor at the pan African journal Chimurenga and a founder of Black Ghost Books, South Africa. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, including

Pocko Times, Ctheory, Bengal Lights, Evergreen Review, Drunken Boat, Joyland, Black Sun Lit, and New Orleans Review. A collection of her short fiction, Because the Night, was published by Pocko

Books in 2015. She is currently finalizing a second collection to be published in 2019 and is also working on a novella. "Involution" appeared first in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, co-published by Short Story Day Africa and New Internationalist (2017 ).Nonyelum Ekwempu is a Nigerian writer and visual artist. She grew up in the bustling city of Lagos and in small villages in southwestern and southeastern Nigeria. Her art is inspired by jazz, the African immigrant experience, and the colours and vibrancy of various African cultures. She is currently a medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "American Dream" was first published in Red Rock Review (2016) and republished in The Anthem.