A Nigerian-German writer, Efua Traoré has been selected as one of the five regional winners for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Out of 5,182 entries, with 24 stories shortlisted, Efua’s story made it to win the African region.
Her story, “True Happiness,” talks about how a troubled thirteen-year-old boy in Lagos questions his pastor’s definition of true happiness.
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually to the best piece of unpublished short fiction and opens to Commonwealth citizens. £2,500 prizes are awarded to each of the five regional winners, while a global winner gets an additional £5,000. The global winner for 2018 will be announced on the 25th of July.
Excited about her win, Efua said,
“Africa – and in particular Nigeria – has the most amazing story-tellers. This prize gives me the humbling feeling of being part of something great. I am truly honoured.”
According to her, she has always had her head filled with little stories, but it was not until her late twenties that she discovered her passion for writing them down.
We wish her the best of luck.
Watch her speak here.