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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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Nigerian star Simi talks about the successes & risks of this year, her thoughts on the #EndSARS protests, and how her husband, Adekunle Gold, inspired Restless II.

Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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