Nommo Awards Releases Comic Nominations!!

The Nommo Awards recognise works of speculative fiction by Africans.  That means science fiction, fantasy, stories of magic and traditional belief, alternative histories, horror and strange stuff that might not fit in anywhere else.The 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans has announced the shortlists for the Nommo Awards in all four categories – novel, novella, short story and comics/graphic novels.

From our point of view, this is simply awesome!.

For this year Nommo released their 2019 nomination list but, like always, comics come first for us.

Find the list of nominated comics below:
The Nommo Award nominees for Best Comic/Graphic Novel: (shortlisted works in alphabetical order) :
1. Akissi: Tales of Mischief Marguerite by Abouet and Mathieu Sapin
2. Black Panther: Long Live the King by Nnedi Okorafor, Andre Araujo, Mario Del Pennino, Tana Ford
3. Eru Tobe by Max Ezeogu, Oze Ezeogu
4.Kwezi by Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo
Karmzah Farida Bedwei and Ravi Allotey
5.Malika Warrior Queen Part Two by Roye Okupe, Chima Kalu
6.Rovik by Yvonne Wanyoike, Kendi Mberia, Salim Busuru
7.Shaka Rising by Luke Molver
8.Shuri by Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero
9.Tatashe by Cassandra Mark, Tobe Max Ezeogu
10.Under the Sun by Austine Osas, Abiodun Awodele, Yusuf Temitope
Wow!!!, such great comics and graphic novels above!!


The shortlisted works in the other categories are:

The Ilube Nommo Awards for Best Speculative Novel

(the shortlisted titles in alphabetical order)

Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi

Empty Monsters Cat Hellisen

Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi

Knucklebone Nehama Brodie

A Spy in Time  Imraan Coovadia

The Strange Masha du Toit

The Nommo Award for Best Speculative Novella

(shortlisted works in alphabetical order)

 Binti: The Night Masquerade Nnedi Okorafor

The Firebird Nerine Dorman

Hard Mary Sofia Samatar

Neid-Fire by Caldon Mull

The Nommo Award for Best Speculative Short Story

(shortlisted works in alphabetical order)

‘Brand New Ways (to lose you over and over and over again)’ Blaize Kaye

‘The Girl who Stared at Mars’ Cristy Zinn

‘The Luminal Frontier’ Biram Mboob

‘Memento Mori’ by Tiah Marie Beautement

‘Njuzu’ T. L. Huchu

‘Origami Angels’ Derek Lubangakene

‘The Witching Hour’ Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald

The roughly 170 members of the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) nominated works for the Awards long list and short lists.  They will now have a three-month period to read the works and vote for the winners of the Awards.

The short-listed works must be speculative fiction created by Africans and published in calendar year 2018. The winners of the Ilube Nommo Award and the Comic/Graphic Novel award receive UD$ 1000.00.  The winners of the novella and short story awards receive US$ 500.00.  The ASFS thanks its patron Tom Ilube, CBE for his generosity.

The ASFS was founded in 2015. The creation of the Nommo Awards was announced at the Ake Festival in Abeokuta in November 2016.  The winners will be announced at the Ake Festival in Lagos Nigeria in November.

For interviews with shortlisted authors or more information about the Awards or the ASFS, email

Or visit their website


What do you think about the nominated comics and other categories?

Let us know!!


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