Afropantheology seeks the freedom of the artist to express stories unbridled by Western labels and terminologies and the need for conformity to defined (often limited) literary standards.
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is a highly acclaimed, award-winning African speculative fiction writer, editor, and publisher in Nigeria. He has won the Nommo Award twice, as well as an Otherwise and British Fantasy Award. His novelette, “02 Arena,” won the Nebula Award, and is a finalist for the Hugo Award, making him the first African to be a Nebula Best Novelette winner and Hugo Best Novelette finalist. “O2 Arena” was also a finalist for British Science Fiction, British Fantasy and Nommo Awards. He edits The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology series, of which he’s the first African Hugo Award Best Editor finalist for volume 1. He’s the first BIPOC to be a Hugo Award finalist in fiction and editing categories in the same year. The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction volume 1 anthology he edited and published is also a Locus, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Award finalist. He coedited the anthologies Dominion and Africa Risen and was a guest of honor at the 2022 Cancon and 2023 International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA). He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria.