West Africa’s 4 Most Promising Young Writers in 2022

1. SIERRA LEONE

Ngozi Cole

Ngozi Cole, founder and editor of Poda-Poda Stories.

BIO:

Ngozi Cole is a storyteller who believes in the power of individual narrative for transformative collective change. She covers issues surrounding gender and health in Sierra Leone and was recently commissioned by Leading Change, an Initiative of the Queen’s Young Leaders Program, to report stories from Sierra Leone in 2017.

2. NIGERIA

Abi Dare

Abi Dare

BIO:

Abi (Abimbola) Daré is a Nigerian author who now lives in Essex, England. In 2018 she won the Bath Novel Award, and was a finalist in the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor 2018. Her debut novel The Girl With the Louding Voice was published in 2020.

3. THE GAMBIA

Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe

Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe

BIO:

Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe was born on 7 January 1990 in Bakau Newtown, The Gambia, West Africa. Sowe is an award-winning Gambian novelist, playwright, poet, and scholar, regarded as the youngest dominant figure in modern Gambian and African literature. His first play and magnum opus, The Throne of The Ghost published in 2016 in the USA by the African Books Collective, occupies a pivotal place in African literature and remains the most widely studied, taught, and read African drama across the world.

4. SENEGAL

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

BIO:

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (born 20 June 1990) is a Senegalese writer. Raised in Diourbel, Senegal and later studying in France, Sarr is the author of three novels as well as a number of award-winning short stories. He won the 2021 Prix Goncourt for his novel La plus secrète mémoire des hommes (lit. ‘The Most Secret Memory of Men’), becoming the first Sub-Saharan African to do so.

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