The Nommo Awards are Africa’s leading science fiction and fantasy awards. For the first time in their five-year history, the Nommos ceremony will be held at the World Science Fiction Convention, one of the international science fiction community’s most important events. This year’s Worldcon is DisCon III,
The Master of Ceremonies for the Nommos will be Sheree Reneé Thomas, a special guest of DisCon III and a co-presenter of the Hugo Awards. She says, ‘As a reader and a writer who loved the genre, I hoped to see a time when the work of Black writers would be widely embraced in the field, a time when discussions about our perceived absence or invisibility could begin to be put to rest. It’s an honor to present the exciting Nommo Awards this year at our very first WorldCon, and I hope that this will be a fun tradition that will carry on in the years ahead.’
Previously the Nommos ceremony was held every year at the Ake Books and Culture Festival in Nigeria. But the time had come for a change, says Geoff Ryman, the Awards administrator.
“Almost every major SFF magazine has now published work by African writers. It just seemed the right time to move the awards onto the international stage to highlight the work there. Being at a WorldCon also means we can have such a star-studded team of presenters.”
In addition to Sheree Reneé Thomas, the presenters include Suyi Davies Okungbowa, who won the 2020 Ilube Nommo Award for his novel David Mogo, Godhunter; Iquo DianaAbasi, editor of Africa’s leading SFF magazine Omenana, and Tochi Onyebuchi, who won the Ilube Nommo in 2018 and this year won the Ignyte Award for his novella Riot Baby.
They and many other African writers will participate in a stream of panels focussing on African SFF. Says Sheree Rene, ‘The programming stream which the Nommos are part is not only historic but promises to be dynamic and well-rounded.’
The Nommo Awards are nominated every year by the roughly 200 African Speculative Fiction Society members, who are all published authors or comics artists. The membership then votes for the winners out of shortlists in four categories: comics or graphic novels, short stories, novellas, and novels.
This year the nominees include previous winner Akwaeke Emezi for her novel The Death of Vivek Oji, Tochi Onyebuchi for his novella Riot Baby, filmmaker and award-winning author Dilman Dila also in the novella category, T. L. Huchu, another previous Nommo winner and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki winner of this year’s Otherwise Award and co-editor of the much-honored anthology Dominion.
A complete list of the nominated works can be found on the ASFS website at
Biographies, photographs, and pictures of book covers will be available from the DisConIII press website.
For inquiries, contact the DisCon III press office at firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: THE 2021 NOMMO SHORTLIST
2021 ILUBE-NOMMO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI
Riverhead Books, 2020
Luna Press Publishing, 2020
Guardbridge Books, 2020
2021 NOMMO AWARD FOR BEST NOVELLA
GUARDIANS: THE AWAKENING
by David A. Atta
published by Makere Books, an imprint of Masobe Books
A FLEDGLING ABIBA
by Dilman Dila
published by Guardbridge Books
IFE-IYOKU: THE TALE OF IMADEYUNUAGBON
by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
published by Aurelia Leo, as part of the anthology Dominion
THE SILENCE OF THE WILTING SKIN
by Tlotlo Tsamaase
Published by Pink Narcissus Press
2021 NOMMO AWARD FOR BEST SHORT STORY
RAT AND FINCH ARE FRIENDS
Innocent Chizaram Ilo
2 March 2020, Strange Horizons
T. L. Huchu
Fiyah, Issue 12, 2019
BEHIND OUR IRISES
Africanfuturism Anthology published by Brittle Paper
2021 NOMMO AWARD FOR BEST COMIC OR GRAPHIC NOVEL
Black Hut Comics
Anna Mbale (writer) and Mwiche Songolo (artist)
Black Hut Comics
Mwiche Songolo (writer & artist)
Gala Queer Archive
Qinto Collab (various writers & artists)
Drama Queens Collective
Nana Akosua Hanson (writer) AnimaxFYB Studios (art)
Action Lab—Danger Zone
Murewa Ayodele (writer) and Dotun Akande (artist)
Black Hut Comics
Mazuba Chimbeza (writer and artist)
DisCon III is the third World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) held in Washington DC, USA. DisCon III will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on December 15-19, 2021.
Worldcon originally focused on and still has a strong emphasis on science fiction and fantasy literature but has grown to include genre television, movies, animation, games, and other popular media as well. It has truly become the world’s fair of science fiction and fantasy fandom. No other event brings together fans and creators, regardless of genre or medium, under one big tent with the intimacy of Worldcon.
DisCon III is sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, Inc. (BWAWA, Inc.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Maryland.
First held in New York City in 1939, Worldcon moves around the globe, held in a different city and organized by a different volunteer organization each year. Previous DC-based Worldcons were DisCon I in 1963 and DisCon II in 1974.
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