2024 Nommo Award Finalist Twice Over


I’m grateful to have both “Bones & Runes” (YA urban fantasy novel) and “Undulation” (my Sauúti novella) as finalists in the African Speculative Fiction (ASFS) 2024 Illube Nommo Awards.

And to share the list with Sauúti Collective fam, Cheryl Ntumy, Eugen Bacon, Wole Talabi, Ihezue Somto Rodney and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

“Bones and Runes” was first acknowledged by the James Currey Prize in 2021, and believed in enough by Abibiman Publishing to publish in the UK in 2022.



Read the full category lists below, and the full Nommo Awards list here.


  • Bones and Runes by Stephen Embleton, (Abibiman Publishing, 2022)
  • Dazzling by Chikodili Emelumadu (Hachette; Wildifre, Headline Publishing Group, 2023)
  • Don’t answer when they call your name by Ukamaka Olisakwe (Masobe Books, 2023)
  • Shigidi and the Brass Head of Olabufon  by Wole Talabi (Gollancz and DAW Books, 2023)
  • Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde, (Harper Collins; 4th Estate and Riverhead Books, 2022)
  • Warrior of the Wind by Suyi Davies Okungbowa,  (Orbit Books, 2023)


  • Broken Paradise by Eugen Bacon (Luna Press Publishing, 2023)
  • Land of the Awaiting  Birth by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Joshua Uchenna Omenga (from Between Dystopias: The Road to Afropantheology, ed Oghenechovwe Ekpeki Donald and Joshua Uchenna Omenga, CAEZIK SF & Fantasy, 2023)
  • The Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi (Tordotcom, 2023)
  • Undulation by  Stephen Embleton (Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology, ed Wole Talabi, Android Press, 2023)

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