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Finalists Announced for 2024 Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society has announced the nominees for the 2024 Nommo Awards, recognizing speculative fiction works by Africans published in 2023. These can include science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate histories, magic and traditional belief. Works are nominated by members of the ASFS, with members voting on the final winners. Nominated works do not have to be from ASFS members.

2024 Ilube Award for Best Novel 

  • Bones and Runes by Stephen Embleton [Abibiman Publishing, 2022]
  • Dazzling by Chikodili Emelumadu [Wildfire, 2023]
  • Don’t Answer When They Call Your Name by Ukamaka Olisakwe [Masobe Books, 2023]
  • Shigdi and the Brass Head of Obalufon by Wole Talabi [DAW/Gollancz/Masobe, 2023]
  • Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde [4th Estate (UK), Riverhead Books (US), Farafina Books (NG), 2022]
  • Warrior of the Wind by Suyi Davies Okungbowa [Orbit Books, 2023]

2024 Novella Finalists

  • Broken Paradise by Eugen Bacon [Luna Press Publishing, 2023]
  • Land of the Awaiting Birth by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Joshua Uchenna Omenga [Published in Between Dystopias: The Road to Afropantheology, CAEZIK SF & Fantasy in collaboration with OD Ekpeki Presents, 2023]
  • The Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi [Tordotcom, 2023]
  • Undulation by Stephen Embleton [Published in Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology, Android Press, 2023]

2024 Graphic Novel Finalists

  • Die Strandloper by Daniël Hugo [Dream Press & Daniël Hugo, 2022]
  • Grimm’s Assistant by Mamode Ogbewele and artist Chigozie Amadi [Dream Press & Daniël Hugo, 2022]
  • WindMaker volume 1 by Roye Okupe and artist Sunkanmi Akinboye, Colourist: Toyin Ajetunmobi; Cover Artist: Godwin Akpan [Dark Horse Comics, 2022]

2024 Short Story Finalists

  • “A Name is a Plea and a Prophecy” by Gabrielle Emem Harry [Strange Horizons, 2023]
  • “Blackwater Children” by Moustapha Mbacké Diop [Haven Speculative Fiction, 2022]
  • “Destiny Delayed” by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki [Asimov’s Science Fiction, 2022]
  • “Kɛrozin Lamp Kurfi” by Victor Forna [Apex Magazine, 2023]
  • “Like Stars Daring to Shine” by Somoto Iheuze [Fireside Fiction 2022 and Escape Pod 2023]
  • “Loom” by Solomon Uhiara [Fireside Fiction (July 2022) Escape Pod (February 2023)]
  • “My Mother’s Love” by Naomi Eselojor [Hexagon, 2022]
  • “Osimiri” by Chinaza Eziaghighala [Hexagon, 2022]
  • “The Way of Baa’gh” by Cheryl S. Ntumy [Published in Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology, Android Press, 2023]


Voting will run through July 7th. Winners will be announced at Worldcon in Glasgow during the August 8-12 week.


Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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