2021 Judges

Nerine Dorman is a South African author and editor of science fiction and fantasy currently living in Cape Town, with short fiction published in numerous anthologies. Her YA fantasy novel Dragon Forged was a finalist in the 2017 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature, and she is the curator of the South African Horrorfest Bloody Parchment event and short story competition. Her short story “On the Other Side of the Sea” (Omenana, 2017) was shortlisted for a 2018 Nommo award. Her novella The Firebird won a Nommo for “Best Novella” during 2019, and her novel Sing down the Stars won Gold for the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature in 2019. In addition, she is a founding member of the SFF authors’ co-operative Skolion.

Dr. Akwasi Aidoo is a philanthropy professional, poet, and human rights and peace advocate.  He is Senior Fellow at Humanity United, a US Foundation dedicated to building peace and enhancing human rights around the world. Prior to that, Dr. Aidoo was the founding Executive Director of TrustAfrica, an African Foundation that supports work on democratic governance and equitable development across the Continent. His previous roles include head of the health sciences program of the International Development Research Center’s office for West and Central Africa, Director of Ford Foundation’s West Africa office, and Director of Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa. In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Aidoo taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. Dr. Aidoo was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1985.