“One of the most original, imaginative and gifted fiction writers in Africa, and arguably the best of her generation.” The Noma Award 2009

“Again and again Atta’s writings tugs at the heart, at the conscience. At the same time, reflecting the resilience of the Lagosians whose lives she explores, humour is almost constant, effervescent, most often satirical slant.” Sunday Independent
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Sefi Atta

Awards

  • 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa
  • 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa
  • 2006 Caine Prize for African Literature, shortlist
  • 2005 PEN International David TK Wong Prize, 1st Prize
  • 2005 Independent Publishers Book Award, finalist
  • 2004 Commonwealth Short Story Competition, commended
  • 2004 Mississippi Arts Commission Grant
  • 2004 BBC African Performance, 2nd Prize
  • 2004 storySouth's Million Writers Award, finalist
  • 2003 Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award, finalist
  • 2003 Red Hen Press Short Story Award, 1st prize
  • 2003 Commonwealth Short Story Competition, commended
  • 2002 BBC Meridian Short Story Competition, finalist
  • 2002 Fish International Short Story Prize, shortlist
  • 2002 Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest, 3rd Prize
  • 2002 BBC African Performance, 2nd Prize
  • 2002 Macmillan Writers Prize For Africa, shortlist

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