Engaging Borders Africa Announces Finalists

The 30 short stories have “the shared aim of changing the ways young people understand radicalization, violent extremism, and disinformation, which are key feeders of conflict and terror in Africa.”
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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's novel Season of Crimson Blossoms is set in northern Nigeria, which has suffered a rise in terrorism.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's novel Season of Crimson Blossoms is set in northern Nigeria, which has suffered a rise in terrorism.

Engaging Borders Africa, a project of STRADA Initiative with funding from the Open Society in West Africa (OSIWA), aims to gather a wide range of expertise cutting across African literature, security studies, academia, film, as well as the civic space, all with the shared aim of changing the ways young people understand radicalization, violent extremism, and disinformation, which are key feeders of conflict and terror in Africa.

Consequently, we created a set of pan-African partnerships cutting across the Sahel countries of Nigeria, Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast, as well as Kenya, to target writers and journalists in an effort to mainstream a “soft” approach to preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE) in Africa. We held a two-day capacity building workshop from December 21 – 22, 2021, using the massive online open course (MOOC) format. 

There were 60 attendees from these countries, with 45 submitting full count short stories of between 3,500 – 5,000 words. 

We are delighted to announce the final list of successful stories:

  1. “A Kashe Su Arna” by Joy Okwori
  2. “Betrayed” by Ayub Mwangi
  3. “Butterfly Upon a Wheel” by Omojokun Michael Temitope
  4. “Dance to the Whirls of Maelstrom” by Daniel Jaja
  5. “Lest we Forget” by Susan Waruguru Chomba
  6. “Nipe Nafasi” by Isaac Ongere Anyolo
  7. “Sound of Silence” by Lucy Wangari 
  8. “The 44th Question” by Haroun Risa
  9. “The Black Widow” by Clifford Oduor
  10. “Weaponized” by Daniel Adisi  Muse
  11. “What Will Allah Say on the Last Day” by Adekeye Oluwasegun Lukman
  12. “Lost in the Camp” by Fedelis Kyalo
  13. “Banga” by Moses Adie Uyang
  14. “Une Rose en Plein Desert” by Some N. Véronique
  15. “Une Seconde Victime” by Hali Aboubacar Abdoulaye
  16. “Les Dieux Terroristes” by Achille ZIGANI
  17. “All Eyes on Us” by Abdullahi Ali 
  18. “By the Whisker” by Janet Nnenna Anosike
  19. “Hate is Like Party Jollof” by Bọ́ládalẹ́ Tèmítọ́pẹ́ Maryam
  20. “Kisasi” by Sonnia Gitome
  21. “Modu’s Resolution” by Abba Adamu Musa
  22. “The Baobab of Waroba” by Alkasim Abdulkadir
  23. “The Coin” by Mercy Gladys Atieno Otieno
  24. “The Hijabi Wedding” by Dorcas Lungashi Kidaka
  25. “The Price of Patriotism” by Musa Hashim
  26. “The Unwary Almajiri” by Bashir Yahaya
  27. “All in a Week’s Coincidence” by Margaret Chimea
  28. “Vultures of Loumbila” by Fanidh Sanogo
  29. “Rahima’s Return” by Akumbu Uche
  30. “Four Shots” by Su’ur E. Su’eddie Vershima AGEMA
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We laud the creators of these stories for their refreshing engagement with the defining issues of our times. These stories address hate in several forms and will help build communal peace in local and national communities in the Sahel. 

These stories are now being edited and will be published at an event to be announced at the end of January 2022.

For more, contact Communications Officer Sada Malumfashi: sada@engagingborders.com.

Engaging Borders Africa
Engaging Borders Africa is a project of STRADA Development Initiative, with funding from the Open Society in West Africa (OSIWA). We gather a wide range of expertise cutting across African literature, security studies, the academia, film, as well as the civic space, all with the shared aim of changing the ways young people understand radicalization, violent extremism, and disinformation, which are key feeders of conflict and terror in Africa.

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