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Meet the Nigerian writer who featured in Jay-Z’s viral 4:44 video – 5 inspiring facts about her revealed

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Her debut autobiographical novel, FRESHWATER, is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in February 2018 and her short story ‘Who Is Like God’ won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. She recently made a cameo in the music video for Jay-Z’s title track ‘4:44’, directed by Arthur Jafa.

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We presents you with quick facts about her.

1. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Awake holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University.

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