Nigerian writer, OluTimehin Adegbeye was awarded the prize for her submission, a nonfiction piece titled Mothers and Men. The announcement was made on Thursday, May 23, at the Gerald Kraak Prize ceremony in Johannesburg.
As described by the judges, her memoir is “a sensitive memoir casting new light on questions of rape, secondary victimisation and motherhood.”
OluTimehin Adegbeye is a Nigerian writer, speaker, and activist whose work focuses on gender, women’s rights, sex, sexuality and sexual violence, urban poverty, and sustainable development. Her TED Talk, “Who Belongs in a City?”, was chosen by TED Lead Curator Chris Anderson as one of the ten most notable talks of 2017.
“As you might imagine, I am giddy with joy and pride…. This prize means a lot and the love from so many people I respect and admire means even more,” OluTimehin wrote on Twitter.
Adegbeye is a Carrington Youth Fellow and a Women Deliver Young Leader. Her writing has appeared in Latterly Magazine, Premium Times, This Is Africa, StyleMANIA, Essays Magazine, Klassekampen, and Women’s Asia 21, among others.