Nigerians are steadily making us proud.
Nigerian writer,Â Tope FolarinÂ has been announced as the 14th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing at theÂ Bodleian Library, Oxford. HisÂ short story â€œMiracleâ€ earned him the prize money of 10,000 Pounds.
See whatÂ Gus Casely-HayfordÂ the Chair of the judges had to say about his story, â€œTope Folarinâ€™s â€˜Miracleâ€™ is another superb Caine Prize winner â€“ a delightful and beautifully paced narrative, that is exquisitely observed and utterly compellingâ€œ.
The first Nigerian to win the Caine Prize is the popular multiple awards winning novelist Helon Habila in 2001. Previous shortlisted Nigerian writers include the famous Nigerian authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in 2002; Chika Unigwe in 2004, was also shortlisted in 2006 for the Dutch equivalent of the Orange Prize for her novel translated into Dutch, â€œde fenicksâ€. Ike Okonta in 2005; Sefi Atta in 2006, is famous for her Everything Good Will Come and Swallow and the short story collection News From Home.
Congrats to him and to Nigeria for producing this bundle of talent.