Nigerian Writer Wins 2012 Caine Prize

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Rotimi Babatunde is the winner of the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing, with his story, Bombay Republic, which the Chair of judges at the occasion held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, described as “ambitious, darkly humorous and in soaring, scorching prose,

which exposes the exploitative nature of the colonial project and the psychology of independence.”

The writer, Rotimi Babatunde, the 2012 winner of Caine Prize for African Writing.
Nigeria’s celebrated writer, Rotimi Babatunde has been announced as the winner of this year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, with his story, Bombay Republic.

Rotimi, who said his writing “is about liberation and how a character can have his world widened,” went home with a £10,000 ($15,700) prize given for his story Bombay’s Republic.

His winning story, Bombay’s Republic is about Nigerian soldiers who fought in the Burma campaign during World War II.
Rotimi had earlier been nominated among four other top writers from Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa for the prestigious writers’ prize.

The closest rival to Rotimi is a Kenyan, Billy Kahora, the Managing Editor of the Kenyan literary journal, Kwani? and the author of The True Story of David Munyakei published in 2009.
Billy’s short story, Treadmill Love, received commendation from the 2007 Caine Prize judges. He is currently working on a novel titled, The Applications and is writing a book on Juba.

The second runner-up, Stanley Onjezani Kenani is a Malawian writer, whose story entitled: Love on Trial is one of the short stories in his debut collection, For Honour and other stories, published in 2011 by Random House Struik in South Africa.

He was followed by Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, the author of Jacaranda Journals, a collection of short stories set in Zimbabwe, and lastly, Jenna Bass, a South African filmmaker, photographer, writer and retired magician, whose award-winning, Zimbabwe-set short film, The Tunnel, was premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.

This 2012 Caine Prize was presented to Rotimi on Monday evening, at a dinner held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.


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