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Akwaeke Emezi

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Akwaeke Emezi

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Full Name: Akwaeke Emezi
Born: Umuahia, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigerian


Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Her debut novel, Freshwater, is forthcoming from Grove Press in February 2018. Emezi's short story 'Who Is Like A God' won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. She was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and profiled in the February 2018 issue of Vogue Magazine.

Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Emezi holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University. In 2017, she was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant for the video art in her project The Unblinding, and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. She received a 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship to write her second novel, and is a 2016 Kimbilio Fellow. Her experimental short UDUDEAGU won the Audience Award for Best Short Experimental at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival and has screened in over thirteen countries.

She is currently making video art and working on her third novel.

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