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The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012 - African Violet

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Won by Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria) for '‘Bombay's Republic’

The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.


The Caine Prize is now in its thirteenth year. The judges panel is chaired by author and editor Bernardine Evaristo. Joining her are Nima Elbagir, International Correspondent for CNN; Maya Jaggi, award-winning cultural journalist and an influential critic; Samantha Pinto, Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and Chirikure Chirikure, performance poet and cultural consultant.

The 2012 shortlist comprises:

Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria) '‘Bombay's Republic’ from 'Mirabilia Review' Vol. 3.9 (Lagos, 2011)
Billy Kahora (Kenya) ‘Urban Zoning’ from ‘McSweeney’s’ Vol. 37 (San Francisco, 2011)
Stanley Kenani (Malawi) ‘Love on Trial’ from ‘For Honour and Other Stories’ published by eKhaya/Random House Struik (Cape Town, 2011)
Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe) ‘La Salle de Départ’ from 'Prick of the Spindle' Vol. 4.2 (New Orleans, June, 2010)
Constance Myburgh (South Africa) ‘Hunter Emmanuel’ from ‘Jungle Jim’ Issue 6, (Cape Town, 2011)

Rotimi Babatunde with his “Bombay’s Republic” was announced winner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on the 2nd of July 2012.

The Chair of Judges Bernardine Evaristo described the shortlist as “truly diverse fiction from a truly diverse continent.

'The No. 1 African Short Story Competition' - The Independent

'Dazzling and splendidly diverse.' - The Times

'A vital collection drawing on a rich treasury of material.' - The Guardian

'Small Nuggets of African gold. A revelation.' - The Independent

'Out of Africa — and coming to a bookshop near you.' - The Times

'The near-infallible early-warning system for new African Talent' - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'Spotlights younger writers and emerging literary trends on the continent.'- Washington Post

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 194 mm x 130 mm
Page extent: 256
Publication date: 1 July 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-074-7
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