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Nigerian Authors Oyinkan Braithwaite & Diana Evans are Finalists for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction

This is the first time that more than one African author has been shortlisted in the same year.

In March, the long-list for the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction was announced and it recognized three Nigerian authors, including Oyinkan Braithwaite, Diana Evans and Akwaeke Emezi. It marked the first time that a non-binary author has been long-listed for the prestigious UK-based award.

Now the six finalists for the annual award have been announced, and both Braithwaite, nominated for her debut novel My Sister the Serial Killer and Evans, the author behind the alternate history novel Ordinary People have been named 2019 finalists. The winner of the annual award earns a £30,000 ($39,000) cash prize—and obvious bragging rights.

READ: Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister the Serial Killer' Is the Lagos-Set Novel Rocking the Crime Thriller Genre


They are the fifth and sixth authors from the continent to ever be nominated for the award, as Konbini notes. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the award in 2017 for her novel, Half of a Yellow Sun.

Previous shortlisted African authors include Sierra-Leonean -Scottish novelist Aminatta Forna in 2011, Ghanaian-Canadian writer, Esi Edugyan in 2012; as well as Nigerian author Ayobami Adebayo who was shortlisted for her debut novel Stay With Me in 2017.

This is also the first time that more than one writer from the continent have been named finalists in the same year. The winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction will be announced on June 5, and as always, we're rooting for everybody African.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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