BrandArena: Nigeria's Tope Folarin wins Caine writing prize

Friday 12 July 2013

Nigeria's Tope Folarin wins Caine writing prize

Tope Folarin
US based Nigerian writer Tope Folarin has been announced as the winner of this year's 'Caine Prize for African Writing' - a prize which has been described as Africa's leading literary award.

Folarin was among the five writers shortlisted for the prize regarded as Africa’s most prestigious award. He received a $15,000 prize for his short story, Miracle, set in a Nigerian church in the US city of Texas.

On his twitter handle, @topefolarin, he said "What an unbelievable night. I'm still floating. I'm so thankful to everyone who's sending love my way. Much appreciated #blessed #caineprize"

Three other Nigerians were short-listed – Elnathan John for Bayan Layi, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for The Whispering Trees and Chinelo Okparanta for America.

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