Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Four Nigerian Writers Shortlisted For Caine Prize

This year’s Caine Prize for African Writing may be destined for Nigeria as four of the five shortlisted writers are from Nigeria, a first for the prestigious award, organisers revealed Wednesday.

The five finalists which include a Sierra Leonese, according to a list released on the Caine Prize website, were chosen from 96 entries from 16 African countries.

“The five contrasting titles interrogate aspects of things that we might feel we know of Africa – violence, religion, corruption, family, community – but these are subjects that are deconstructed and beautifully remade,” said the chief judge and historian Gus Casely-Hayford.

“These are challenging, arresting, provocative stories of a continent and its descendants captured at a time of burgeoning change.”

The winner of the 10,000 pound prize will be announced in July in Oxford, England.

The four Nigerians whose 2012 titles made it to the final list are Elnathan John for his “Bayan Layi”; Tope Folarin for “Miracle”; Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for “The Whispering Trees” and Chinelo Okparanta for “America”.

The Sierra Leonean entry is “Foreign Aid” by Pede Hollist.

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