Ope Adedeji, a Nigerian lawyer and writer has been chosen as a 2019 Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) Editing Fellow.
In a release made on 14 March 2019, the SSDA disclosed that choosing the 2019 fellows from a pool of enthusiastic and talented applicants was “immensely difficult;” but in the end “chose candidates who already have some experience in or are currently working in anglophone African indie publishing, and have the potential to make a full-time and long-term contribution to the art and craft of fiction publishing in Africa.”
Commenting about her fellowship, Adedeji stated that, “It’s pretty exciting. There aren’t a lot of workshops for Editors. @sbmenorg and @ShortStoryAFR are doing the most and it’s pretty cool because more young people will be encouraged to forge careers in this path.
“I hope that with the skills I gain during the fellowship, I can continue to help other writers, particularly young writers, hone their skills, kill their darlings and produce amazing stories. The job of the editor is largely underrated in these paths, and I’m hoping I get to do something about that in the short and long run,” she added.
A managing editor with Ouida Books and curator at Africa’s electronic journal, Arts and Africa, Adedeji is noted to dream about bridging the gender equality gap and destroying the patriarchy.
Her works have appeared on Afreada and Catapult. An alumna of the 2018 Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop and an Artist Managers and Literary Activists fellow, she was also shortlisted for the 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction.
The SSDA brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories – and foster the love of reading and writing African fiction.
Other 2019 SSDA editing fellows include Ethiopia’s Agazit Abate, who currently writes and lives in Addis Ababa; and a Kenyan storyteller, Anne Moraa, who is a founding member of Jalada Africa, an Amplify Fellow and also a Mawazo Novel Writing Fellow.