Chikodili Emelumadu on Hosting a Banquet of Ancestors
Meet the AKO Caine Prize Finalists!
The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African storytelling tradition. This week, we present a limited podcast series with the 2020 prize finalists.
On today’s episode, Chikodili Emelumadu reads her story “What to do when your child brings home a Mami Wata,” published in The Shadow Booth: Vol. 2, and conducts a self-interview.
Chikodili Emelumadu was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire and raised in Nigeria. Her work has previously been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Awards (2015), the Caine Prize for African Literature (2017) and a Nommo award (2020). In 2019, she won the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel prize for her novel Dazzling.