Akwaeke Emezi

Honoree, 2018 5 Under 35

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, Emezi received an MPA from New York University and was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship.
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Freshwater

ISBN 9780802127358 Grove Atlantic

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." More about this book >

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2018 5 Under 35 Panel Discussion moderated by Ben Greenman


Akwaeke Emezi at the 2018 5 Under 35 Celebration

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Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and artist based in liminal spaces. Born and raised in Nigeria, Emezi received an MPA from New York University and was awarded a 2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. Emezi won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa, and their work has been published in various literary magazines, including GrantaFreshwater is their debut novel.

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