Africa@2050 Prize Winners

In June, the Centre for Energy Ethics ran the inaugural Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Competition in conjunction with the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies (C3SS) at the University of Ghana. Over the course of this competition we received a truly astonishing number of entries. After much deliberation, our judging panel came up with a short and long list of entries from which four top-prize winners were selected.

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our Africa@2050 Climate-Fiction Competition!

First prize winner – Kristien Potgieter

Kristien is a writer and editor from Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, where she was a UEA Booker scholar. Her fiction has been published online and in print, and she currently works in educational publishing as an editor for Macmillan Education South Africa. 

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Second Prize winner – Uche Peter Umezurike 

Uche holds a PhD from the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada, where he is an Assistant Lecturer. An alumnus of the International Writing Program (USA), he is a co-editor of Wreaths for a Wayfarer, an anthology of poems. His children’s book Wish Maker and collection of short stories Double Wahala Double Trouble are forthcoming from Masobe Books, Nigeria and Griots Lounge Publishing, Canada, in fall 2021.

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Third co-prize winner – Kwasi Adi-Dako

Kwasi is a learning designer and writer from Accra, Ghana. He is most curious about connections between our histories and imagined futures, and explores these ideas by reading and writing science fiction, and building worlds for his friends to play in Dungeons & Dragons. He has worked in education design leadership in South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritius, and Ghana, focusing on curriculum design, teacher training, and student experience management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in Psychology and is expecting a Master of Science from Stanford University’s Learning Design Technology program.

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Third co-prize winner – Mawuli K.H. Bobobee

Mawuli is a Public Health Engineer at Glo Djigbe Industrial Zone in Benin Republic. He is a passionate environmentalist at heart, a regional WASH specialist with hopes of leveraging his experience to build sustainable water supply systems in Africa. He is an amateur writer who is inspired by the African Writers Series, biblical themes, popular culture and space travel. One day, he hopes to be interred on the Moon.

Other Prize-Winners

In addition to our major winners above we also had a number of outstanding works which were awarded cash prizes. Here is a list of our prize-winners:

NameCountryWork Title
BuhleZimbabweDays before paradise
Catherine Wanjiku WaruiKenyaEARTH’S DEADLY REVENGE
Daniel Ekow MelfahGhanaThe Conflicted Engineer
Dennis Da-ala MirillaNigeriaThe Last Fisherman of Abisa 
Diana MwangoZambiaJust a bare land (short poem)
Hammond Adjoa GraceloveGhanaEnergy?
Lyster MatamandaZimbabweA case against mankind
Penu Selasi PerpetualGhanaMeeting Again – a short story 
Rugare NyamhungaSouth AfricaThe Water Harvesters
Skitah Wambũi MũchekeKenyaA second Move
Tsoshelesto ChidiSouth AfricaMzansi South Avenue

Honourable Mentions

Aanuoluwapo John AdesinaDiouf KiptarbeiMuthoni wa Gichuru
Abdullahi Zuliehat OhuneneDorcas OmowoleNabasa Linda
Adamu AhmaduEmily MunamieNana Oye Djan
Adebisi DamilareEsther Sheila MusilaNdudi Michael Ebele
Ani Kayode SomtochukwuFrederick Sena ManteyOdongo Kennedy Leakey
Awopetu EmmanuelHalima AmaduOgonna Chiemeziem Obi
Ayo MakindeIbrahim Sofiyullaha OlaitanOnilude Ayomide
Balpolam IdiIsaiah Glory IzeSolanke Gabriel Oluwasegun 
Botti Pius OttavioJavishkar ReddySuzana Otaigo Nyamkindo
Chinenye Olivia OguadinmaJoseph AketemaTimothy Akinrinmola Ojo-Ibukun
Chinonyelum Linda OforkaMichell Minenhle BhebheUgochukwu Anadi
Chinua Ezenwa-OhaetoMose Njo