Below are the biographies of the authors of the Short Listed Stories of the Kendeka Prize for African Literature.
1. Time And Bodies by Ekemini Udo Pius, Nigeria
Ekemini Udo Pius is a writer whose works have been published in Writers Space Africa and Kalahari Review. He is alumni of the Wawa Literary Fellowship and loves to write fiction. He lives and works in Calabar, Nigeria.
Ekemini is also a final year student of English and Literature at the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
2. The Painting From A Country In Europe by Azeeza Adeowu, Nigeria
Azeeza Adeowu is a storyteller based in Ibadan, Nigeria. Some of her works have been featured on websites like Amaliah, Brittle Paper, Hikaayat, African Writers and Muslim Girl. Her favorite pastimes are reading, binge-watching K-dramas, getting riled up on Twitter and fangirling beautiful inspiring people. You can find her on her blog where she rants, fangirls and writes her opinions on thezyzah.wordpress.com.
3. Au Pair by Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe, Nigeria
Okpanachi Irene Ojochegbe is a content writer and graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, with a B.sc degree in Sociology. When not writing content, she love to write, sing, listen to music, draw, eat (yes, she a HUGE foodie), play video games, and watch movies.
4. The Women of Atinga House by Fatima Okhousami, Nigeria
Fatima Okhuosami is a pharmacist and avid consumer of literature and global politics. Some of her poems and short stories are published online in-print at: The Kalahari Review, Chillfiltr Review, Jalada Africa, Everyday Fiction, Agbowo press, 101words.org, Third Word Press, Kreative Diadem, Flash: The International Short Story Magazine, Itanile magazine, etc.
She was a runner-up of the December 2020 Collins Elesiro literary prize. She is a graduate of the 2019 International Writing Programme Lines and Spaces Tour held at Abuja, Nigeria.
5. Water For Wine by Jenny Robson, Botswana
Jenny Robson was born in South Africa in 1952, but has lived most of her adult life in Botswana where she works as a music teacher. Much of her writing is for children and young people. To date, she has eleven YA novels published. One of these novels, Because Pula Means Rain, was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Youth Literature the Service of Tolerance.
Jenny also writes short stories for adults and her work has been published in magazines both locally and abroad. Some of her work has been translated into other languages including KiSwahili, German, Spanish and Korean.
Her stories and novels are set always, firmly and with love, in Afrika.