We are pleased to announce that the 12 finalists for the 4th edition of The Writer competition have been selected! The Writer competition is an online, “reality” writing competition for young creative writers in Africa.

Having run three successful editions in the past four years, The Writer returns in 2016 for another exciting season.

Judging the competition this year are popular African authors, Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) and our very own Titi Oyinsan (Nigeria)


Lauri Kubuitsile is a full time, award-winning writer living in Botswana. She was born in Baltimore Maryland but moved to Botswana where she met her husband and is now a citizen. Lauri has written several books and won or been shortlisted for numerous awards. She twice won Africa’s premier prize for children’s writing, The Golden Baobab. She also won the creative writing prize sponsored by Botswana’s Department of Youth and Culture. In 2011, she was shortlisted for Africa’s most prestigious short story prize, The Caine Prize. She writes for adults, teens and children. The first book in her Kate Gomolemo Mysteries series, The Fatal Payout, is a prescribed book in Botswana and read by all junior secondary school children.

Tendai Huchu’s first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish. His short fiction in multiple genres and nonfiction have appeared in The Manchester Review, Omenana, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Gutter, Interzone, AfroSF, Wasafiri, Warscapes, The Africa Report and elsewhere. In 2013 he received a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Sacatar Fellowship. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize. His new novel is The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician

Titi Oyinsan is a writer, brand representative, model, Voice-over Artiste, Media Consultant, COO of Amber11 media, and on air personality on Lagos’s 92.3 Inspiration FM where she interviews authors and hosts book readings on her segment Titi’s On Air Book Club.


The call for entries for this year’s edition was announced in February and over 3,000 submissions were received. The writers showed great creativity of thought with themes spanning current affairs, religion, relationships, science fiction and the paranormal.

We are pleased to announce the following twelve finalists of The Writer Competition 2016:

  • Osasuyi Okungbowa
  • Fareeda Alithnayn Abdulkareem
  • Onyeocha L.A.S
  • Osaretin Tunde-Oni
  • Anne Dafeta
  • Abidemi Abudu
  • Akpan-Nya, Alexandra Emem
  • Prince Jacon Osinachi
  • Ifeanyichukwu Abiodun Ibegbu
  • Ekari Valerie Mbvundula
  • Ayotemide Akin-Onitolo
  • Ezinne Zara

These were the writers who showed the highest creativity of story, the highest quality of writing and the ability to tell as complete a story as possible, within the short 300-word limit.

The 12 finalists will battle it out online for four weeks starting from the 12th of May, writing stories that the judges and the general public will vote on. Each week, writers will be eliminated until only one winner emerges, to become “The Writer 2016”! The winner will walk away with N200,000 while the two runners up will receive N150,000 and N100,00 respectively plus an opportunity to be published in an anthology put together by The Naked Convos.

Wole Talabi, Senior Fiction Editor at The Naked Convos had this to say about this year’s competition: “It is always great to see how much talent there is out there. It was not easy to narrow down from so many entries to our twelve finalists but we are confident that we have selected the best and we certainly hope they go on to not only entertain us with their writing but also learn from the judges and have fun during the competition. Many thanks to the excellent Pemi Aguda, Marilyn Eshikena and Omotayo Adeola for helping to read and review the substantial number of entries.”

Founder and Editor of The Naked Convos, Olawale Adetula, added, “Our mantra at TNC has always been express you. Whether it is through an opinion piece, a short story or even fiction, everyone should get an opportunity and more importantly, a platform to express themselves. Through TNC and The Writer Competition we have created a yet another platform for gifted writers to showcase their talent to the world.”

We say huge congratulations to the finalists and let the competition begin! May the best writer win!

To follow The Writer competition, visit: http://thewriter.thenakedconvos.com


      1. Annie
        , and again it’s done the same thing. I post my comment & like that I didn’t do disappears. Can we sort this out for real though cos I don’t wanna have to comment on every comment that I didn’t actually like…
  1. Maureen Alikor
    Another severed thumb for my girl, Emem.
    She keeps shining thereby reducing my fingers to eight with no thumbs to severe anymore after this.
    1. The Alchemist
      No. The entries are for selection purposes only, not publication. The individual writers may choose to publish their entries later on if they like.

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