10 Young African Writers You Should Know

The winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced today, and one writer from a list of five worthy candidates will be recognized by a committee of judges (led by Hisham Matar) as the most promising young English-language short story writer on the continent. In preparation for the announcement, we’ve created a list of 10 contemporary African novelists who you should be aware of, since they’re all doing great things right now. While we realize that it’s a ridiculous endeavor to attempt to list ten authors from the 54 countries and disputed territories that make up current day Africa, we also like to be a little ridiculous sometimes, so bear with us as we recognize a group of young authors who are deserving of your attention. As always, suggestions from you are much appreciated in the comments.

Olufemi Terry

Terry was born in Sierra Leone but has lived in a number of countries since then; he currently resides in Germany. He was last year’s Caine Prize winner and his short stories have been featured in Guernica and New Contrast, among others. He’s currently at work on his debut novel.