Ekpeki becomes the first black writer and editor to win the award in its forty-seven year span.
At the World Fantasy Awards ceremony in New Orleans, Nigerian author, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, was announced as winner of the 2022 World Fantasy Award for The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021).
The Awards, organised by the World Fantasy Convention, are given to “outstanding achievement in fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year.”
With Ekpeki’s win, he became the first black writer and editor to win the award in its forty-seven year span.
The anthology which was edited by Ekpeki and published by Jembefola Press includes such writers as Somto Ihueze, Pemi Aguda, Russell Nichols, Tamara Jerée, Tlotlo Tsamaase, Sheree Renée Thomas, Tobias S. Buckell, Inegbenoise O. Osagie, Tobi Ogundiran, Moustapha Mbacké Diop, Makena Onjerika, and TL Huchu.