Resistance to Prescription with Jowhor Ile (AKO Caine Prize)

We conclude our one-to-one conversation with the shortlisted writers for the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. Today’s guest is Jowhor Ile, a Nigerian writer, author of the novel And After Many Days and visiting professor at West Virginia university whose story, Fisherman Stew is vying for the £10,000 prize.

We use the music of Fela Kuti, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Onyeka Owenu, Cardinal Rex Lawson and more as selected by Jowhor to discuss food as an expression of love in his story Fisherman's Stew - an intimate otherworldly love story. We also explore the process of conveying intimacy in writing, reflecting older women in romantic relationships and Jowhor’s writing habit.

Listen to the playlist of the songs referenced in this episode Spotify, Deezer and YouTube

The winner of the AKO Caine Prize will be announced online. Read the 2020 AKO Caine Prize shortlisted stories here.

Get in touch with us via email:

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @BooksAndRhymes

Tweet your thoughts by using the hashtag #BooksAndRhymes

The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom the song is available for purchase on Bandcamp

Listen to Rémy Ngamije's playlist to Fisherman on Brittle Paper

Books referenced in this episode:

Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe

And After Many Days - Jowhor Ile

What It Means When A Man Fall From the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah

Quintessentially Efik Recepies: Foods of Nigeria-- Nky Iweka

Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds-- Yemisi Aribisala


Songs referenced this episode:

Berebote - Cardinal Jim Rex Lawson

Nothing Even Matters - Lauryn Hill ft D’Angelo

Iyogogo - Onyeka Onwenu

Look before you Cross - Evi-Edna Ogholi

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down - Miles Davis

Nights - Frank Ocean

Sade - The Sweetest Taboo

Trouble Sleep Yanga go Wake Am - Fela Kuti (song)

Lilac Wine - Nina Simone

Listen to the full playlist on:


See for privacy and opt-out information.