Thursday, 17 May 2018

3 Nigerians shortlisted for 2018 Caine Prize for African Writers

Three Nigerians have made the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist. They are Nonyelum Ekwempu for her story, 'American Dream', Olufunke Ogundimu for 'The Armed Letter Writers' and Wole Talabi for 'Wednesday's Story'.
The five-writer shortlist was unveiled by this Chair of judges, award-winning Ethiopian-American author Dinaw Mengestu

He said: "The best short stories have a subtle, almost magical quality to them. They can contain through the rigour of their imagination and the care of their prose more than just a glimpse into the complicated emotional, political, and social fabric of their characters' lives. The stories submitted for this year's Caine Prize contained worlds within them, and nothing was perhaps as remarkable as finding that in story after story, writers across the continent and in the diaspora had laid waste to the idea that certain narratives belonged in the margins. The politics and aesthetics of gender, sexuality, corruption and silence were a constant presence throughout many of the stories submitted, particularly those on our shortlist. These five remarkable narratives are proof that nowhere is the complexity and diversity of Africa and African lives more evident than in the stories we tell."

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