2016 Miles Morland Winners Announced

And the Winners are:

*Abdul Adan – Somalia

*Ayesha Harruna Attah – Ghana

*Lidudumalingani Mqombothi – South Africa

*Nneoma Ike-Njoku – Nigeria


Julie Iromuanya, author of Mr. and Mrs Doctor, is shortlisted for a 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship

The fourth annual Miles Morland Scholarship for African writers has announced an impressive shortlist:

*Abdul Adan – Somalia (Shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize; Founding member of the Jalada collective)

*Jekwu Anyaegbuna – Nigeria (Shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Africa; Shortlisted by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the Farafina Trust International Creative Writers’ Programme)

*Ayesha Harruna Attah – Ghana (Shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; author of two novels including Harmattan Rain and Saturday’s Shadows)

*Rotimi Babatunde – Nigeria (Winner of the 2012 Caine Prize; Longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award; included in the Africa39 Anthology)

*Dayo Forster – Gambia (Author of Reading the Ceiling)

*Amy Heydenrych – South Africa (Author of the short story “The Money Shot“)

*Abubakar Ibrahim – Nigeria (Author of The Season of Crimson Blossoms, The Whispering Trees, Daughters of Bappa Avenue, and The Quest for Nina;  winner of the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature; included in the Africa39 Anthology)

*Nneoma Ike-Njoku – Nigeria (Author of the short story “Daddy Lagos;” Recipient of a Writing for Peace Young Writers Prize)

*Julie Iromuanya – Nigeria (Author of Mr and Mrs. Doctor; Shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award and PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction; Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction and the Etisalat Prize for Literature)

*Hamse Ismail – Somalia (Author of the short story “Mediterranean Bird: A Quest for Love in Paradise,” a Mandela Washington Fellow at the University of Delaware in Newark)
William Ifeanyi Moore – Nigeria (Author of Lonely Roads and 30/30: Short stories on love, life and other such nonsense)

*Lidudumalingani Mqombothi – South Africa (Winner of the 2016 Caine Prize)

*Nick Mulgrew – South Africa (Author of Stations, The Myth of This is that We’re All in this Together; Co-Editor of Water: New Short Fiction from AfricaFounder of the poetry press, uHlanga)

*Otosirieze Obi-Young – Nigeria (Author of “The Lion in Harmattan;” 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee)

*Okwiri Oduor – Kenya (Winner of the 2014 Caine Prize; included in the Africa39 Anthology and One World Two: A Second Anthology of Global Short Stories)

*Adeola Opeyemi – Nigeria (Editor at WriteHouse Collective)
Olawale Olayemi – Nigeria (Freelance Writer)

*Troy Onyango – Kenya (Winner of the 2016 Inaugural Nyanza Literary Prize)

*Mary Ononokpono – Nigeria (Winner of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books; Shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship; included in the anthology of Water: New Short Fiction from Africa)

*Koye Oyedeji – Nigeria (Writer; Critic; Literature Professor)

*Bryony Rheam – Zimbabwe (Author of This September SunWinner of the Best First Book prize at the 2010 Zimbabwe Book Publishers’ Association Awards)

*Sandisile Tshuma – Zimbabwe (Honourable Mention in the 2010 Thomas Pringle Awards for the best short story published in a newspaper or journal in southern Africa in the preceding two years)

The Miles Morland Foundation will award one Fiction grant of £18,000 to be paid monthly over the course of 12 months, and one Non-Fiction scholarship at the discretion of the Foundation of up to £27,000, paid over an 18 month period.


The People Who Write Questionnaire: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is the author of The Whispering Trees and Season of Crimson Blossoms - peoplewhowrite

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is the author of the short story collection The Whispering Trees and the forthcoming novel Season of Crimson Blossoms

If your life (so far) were a book, what would the title be?
Hmmm, maybe something windy like The Quiet, Dubious Life of Abu. Or The Elephant That Grew Wings and Flew to the Moon. Or Perhaps something mundane like Steady. I am sure who ever will have that task will have a headache just trying to decide.

What is the greatest story ever told?
The stories of the Spider Gizo and his wife Koki. They are always getting into one mischief or the other. We grew up listening to their stories and learned a lot from them.

Who is the greatest literary character ever created?
Isn’t the devil fascinating enough. Don Quixote is quite a character though.

Which living or dead writer would you most like to share a meal with?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Arthur Golden. Cyprian Ekwensi.

What is your favorite word right now?
Destinasia. I am looking for the right place to use it in my writing. It will come someday.

What word has always looked or sounded strange to you?
Concupiscence. Now there is a word with a punch.

How many words have you written today?
Maybe 2000 maybe more. I wrote several short pieces so can’t remember exactly how many words I put down.

Where have you had your most exhilarating writing experience?
Garuga, Uganda, where Lake Victoria kissed the shores and whispered to me like a lover.

What is the thing about writing that you most deplore?
Lamentations about gatekeepers.

What is the thing about writing that you most love?
Everything about writing is fun and cool. What I do love about writing is discovering an old manuscript I had forgotten I had written and being thrilled by it.

What stereotype about writers have you found to be true?
That writers have a peculiar oddity, some more pronounced than others.A certain X factor that makes them cope with being medium for the muse or the force or wherever those stories come from.

What’s the biggest misconception about writers/writing?
That all writers are, by default, ungovernable.

What’s the one thing no one would ever guess about you from reading your writing?
That I am a very happy person.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and author of the short story collection, The Whispering Trees, (Parresia, Lagos, 2012) which was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for literature, with the title short story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013. He is a winner of the BBC African Prize, among other awards, and is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow. His novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms will be published in November in Nigeria by Parresia Publishers and in the UK by Cassava Republic in 2016.