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Folakemi Emem-Akpan lives in Lagos, Nigeria, with her family. Her first book, Touch My Pain, was published in 2004. Her short story, The Deceivers, was one of the winning entries in the 2006 edition of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) short story award. The Deceivers, same as above, has also been published by Oxford University Press as an adapted version for inclusion in a collection of adapted short stories in the Oxford Bookworms Library in 2011. The collection is titled Songs from the Soul: Stories from around the world. In 2009, her short story, Househelp, was a runner up for the 7th edition of the Glass Woman Prize.