I’ll be a Hugo award finalist for the first time ever, and in various categories.
My climate fiction novelette O2 Arena which won the Nebula award will be the first novelette by an African writer to be a Hugo award finalist. It was also a finalist in the BSFA award, made the Nerds of a Feather recommended reading list and is being translated into Bengali, Dutch and Czech amongst other languages.
I’ll also be a finalist for best editor short form, with the first ever Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology I edited and published in Jembefola Press, which I founded for that purpose. It’s the first in a line of Year’s Best anthologies meant to highlight the works of African and writers of African descent in a way that hasn’t been done before. The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology is also a Locus award finalist and made the Locus and Nerds of a Feather recommended reading list. It’s free to download in all formats here.
I’ll be the first African to be nominated for the Hugo award best editor categories, the first African born, Black writer to be nominated for tbe Hugo award at all, and tbe first person of colour to be a Hugo award finalist in both fiction and editing categories, in the same year.
Feel free to check out O2 Arena and the Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology, for free and consider voting for them if you find them, and me worthy. Voting for the Hugo award is currently on till August and those not yet WorldCon members can purchase a virtual membership at $80 here, to vote.