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Africa@2050 Prize-Winning Stories

In June 2021, the Centre for Energy Ethics at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies at the University of Ghana launched a climate fiction writing competition. We asked writers based in sub-Saharan Africa to imagine the climate futures of, and from, the continent. We received over 550 short stories and poems, from over 32 different countries. Our organising team, along with and judges, Makena Onjerika and Helon Habila, selected 4 top winners, along with 11 other shortlisted entries.

Africa@2050 List of Winners

Read all our prize-winning entries below, and transport yourself to a Pan-African space station, a land of dust where Harmattan never left, or a post-extinction South Africa where hope of a new future awaits…


By Kristien Potgieter

First Prize Winner

The Dust

By Kwasi Adi-Dako

Third Prize co-winner


By Hammond Adjoa Gracelove

Short-listed Prize Winner