African Excellence in the 2024 Hugo Awards: Celebrating Osahon Ize-Iyamu, Deena Mohamed, and Other Nominees

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The Hugo Awards, established in 1953, stand as a pinnacle of recognition in the science fiction and fantasy world, celebrating exceptional storytelling and imaginative narratives. This year, as the awards mark their 71st year, we are thrilled to see African creators prominently featured among the nominees, showcasing the diverse and vibrant contributions of the African diaspora to these genres.

Deena Mohamed represents the Land of Ra via her graphic novel, “Your Wish is My Command,” which represents a captivating addition to the ‘Best Graphic Story or Comic’ category. Your Wish is My Command is the story of three people who are navigating a world where wishes are literally for sale. Mired as they are in bureaucracy and the familiar prejudices of our world, the wishes that are more expensive are more likely to work as intended. Her unique storytelling style and vivid illustrations bring a fresh perspective to the genre, earning her a well-deserved nomination.

In the ‘Best Semiprozine’ category, Osahon Ize-Iyamu’s work as a producer for khōréō has not gone unnoticed. His contributions to the magazine’s success highlight the diversity of voices in science fiction and fantasy, showcasing African perspectives in a global context.

The inclusion of these African creators in the Hugo Awards underscores the growing diversity and inclusivity of the genre. Their nominations serve as a reminder of the richness of African storytelling and its impact on the wider science fiction and fantasy community.

As we look forward to the awards ceremony on August 11th, we celebrate the achievements of Deena Mohamed, Osahan Ize-Iyamu, and all the other nominees, encouraging readers to explore their works and engage with the worlds they have created.

Bongiwe T. Maphosa

Bongiwe T. Maphosa

Bongiwe Maphosa is a budding author with a passion for storytelling. With her thought-provoking narratives, she takes her readers on a literary adventure. Bongiwe's works on the human condition from a fresh perspective have earned her recognition and publications in the Avbob Poetry Anthology of 2019, The Writer's Club of South Africa 2021, and JAY Lit in 2021. She hopes to cement her place in the literary community.