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Akwaeke Emezi

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Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Her debut novel, Freshwater (Grove Atlantic, February 2018) was selected as one of the ten best Winter/Spring 2018 debut novels by Indies Introduce, and her short story "Who Is Like God" won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.


Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Akwaeke 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 Non-fiction. She received a 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship to write her second novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, and is a 2016 Kimbilio Fellow. Akwaeke's writing has been published by Granta Online, Vogue.com, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Her memoir work was selected and edited by Chimamanda Adichie ("Sometimes The Fire Is Not Fire") and included in The Fader's 'Best Culture Writing of 2015' ("Who Will Claim You?"). She is currently making video art and working on her third novel.