2018/19 JUDGE

Founded in 2016 by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation, and named after the late South African writer and activist Gerald Kraak, the Gerald Kraak Prize honours all kinds of writing and photography by Africans highlighting issues of gender, social justice, and sexuality in the continent. Shortlisted works are collected in a major anthology published by Jacana Media and distributed across the continent.

I was shortlisted for the inaugural 2016/17 prize and my short story, “You Sing of a Longing,” appears in the anthology Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice, and Sexuality (May 2017).

In September 2018, I was hired to judge the 2018/19 prize, its third edition, alongside South African writer and activist Sisonke Msimang, Ugandan academic and activist Sylvia Tamale, and South African journalist Mark Gevisser.



Founded in 2016 by Nigerian writer Rapum Kambili, and comprising seven artists, 14 is Nigeria’s first queer art collective and took its name from the 14-year jail term prescribed by Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA) of 2014.

14 has released two volumes: We Are Flowers (Jan. 2017), with an Introduction by Binyavanga Wainaina, and The Inward Gaze (Jan. 2018), with snippets from Taiye Selasi and Gbenga Adesina. Both anthologies were published by Brittle Paper as free downloadable e-books.



The Afro Anthology Series collects creative nonfiction by young Africans in anthologies.

I wrote the Introduction to the inaugural anthology, Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction (Feb. 2018), featuring 22 writers. Selves was published online by Brittle Paper and eventually in print.




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