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Sharon Dodua Otoo is an author and a political activist. She writes prose and essays and is editor of the English-language book series Witnessed. Her first novellas the things i am thinking while smiling politely and Synchronicity were published in German translation by edition assemblage in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Otoo won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2016 with the text Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin and in 2020 she gave the inaugural speech at the Festival of German Language Literature. Her first novel Adas Raum was published in 2021. Otoo is politically active with the registered associations ADEFRA, a Black queer feminist organisation, the Initiative Black People in Germany and with Phoenix.