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francesca
ekwuyasi

francesca ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread was a finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, a Governor General’s Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and the ReLit Award. ekwuyasi lives in Halifax.

Award History

2022 Winner

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers
for Butter Honey Pig Bread

Jury Citation

“It is clear from the very first sentences that francesca ekwuyasi’s Butter Honey Pig Bread is an ambitious and assured debut. What is extraordinary, though, is that from those first sentences the novel keeps expanding in both breadth and depth like a slowly unfurling universe. ekwuyasi gives us not one protagonist but three, each their own galaxy of complexity. This work is filled with many pleasures, by turns sensuous and sensual, magical and mystical, but also deadly serious in its exploration of harm and reconciliation. A profound work of love, Butter Honey Pig Bread reminds us that the best novels can hold what cannot be contained.”

— 2022 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Jury (Billy-Ray Belcourt, Samra Habib, and Zoey Leigh Peterson)

Program History

Works recognized by WT