Arinze Ifeakandu has written a queer coming-of-age story set in Northern Nigeria at a time when draconian anti-gay laws are imperiling Nigerian LGBT communities. The result is melancholic yet potentially uplifting.
Launched in 2000, the Caine Prize for African Writing is a award for short stories written by writers of African origin and published in the English language. This year’s 166 entries from 23 countries is the highest number of submissions in its 17 year history. The five shortlisted stories for the 2017 prize are: