Narrative Closure with Erica Sugo Anyadike (AKO Caine Prize, 2020)

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted writer, Erica Sugo Anyadike, the Tanzanian multi-hyphenated creative powerhouse discuss her subversive story, How To Marry an African President.

We use selected music curated by Erica to unpack among other things, depictions of female partners of powerful men, Black women with care, and writing against the singular African narrative. We discuss the process of writing the How To Marry An African President, and what it means to truly demystify the process of writing. 

Read the shortlisted AKO Caine Prize stories including How To Marry and African President online at

Listen to playlist of songs exclusively curated by Erica Sugo Anyadike for Books & Rhymes here

The winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced on Monday 27th of July, the announcement will be accompanied by the screening of a specially commissioned film by renowned filmmaker Joseph Adesunloye.


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Books referenced in this episode: (Available for purchase online and in bookshops)

In Live and Trouble – Alice Walker


Songs referenced this episode:

Suzanna - Sauti Sol

Control - Janet Jackson

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Nina Simone

Tyrone: Live - Erykah Badu

If I Were A Boy – Beyoncé


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