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Nigerian Writer Lesley Nneka Arimah is the 2019 Winner​ of the Prestigious Caine Prize

Her short story 'Skinned' took home the prize at the 20th edition of the literature award.

The Caine Prize for African Writing, which was launched back in 2000, is perhaps one of the most prestigious literature awards there is for African writers. This year's theme saw writers from across the continent tackling "the ordinary in an extraordinary manner and celebrating the diversity of the African short-story writing tradition for the twentieth edition of the Prize".

After shortlisting five writers from Cameroon, Ethiopia Kenya and Nigeria, Nigeria's Lesley Nneka Arimah's Skinned was crowned the winning short story.


Arimah's Skinned creates an alternate world where young girls who are "ceremonially uncovered" at a certain age must then marry in order to be allowed to be clothed again. Ejem, the main character of the story, is uncovered at the age of 15 but remains "unclaimed" for marriage in her adulthood. The powerful story explores womanhood and bodily autonomy in a refreshing and perhaps even unsettling way.

In her acceptance speech, Arimah urged African writers to continuously center the African gaze. She continued saying:

"When I think of what literature can do, and I think of the ways that literature has changed minds and opened imaginations, I want to say that we African writers must center the African gaze. We must center the Nigerian gaze, the Cameroonian gaze, the Ethiopian gaze, the Kenyan gaze. We need to be writing to and for each other, and we also need to play."

You can read Skinned here.

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Listen to Saul Williams' New Album 'Encrypted & Vulnerable'

The score for his directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

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The 13-track album, which is part of his MartyrLoserKing project, is described by Williams as his first "spoken word" album. It was entirely self-produced, mixed by by Gonjasufi and features the likes of Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), My Brightest Diamond, Christian Scott (Atoms For Peace) and more.

Encrypted & Vulnerable is also the score for Saul Wililams' directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

"Encrypted & Vulnerable is simultaneously a personal and intimately optimistic takedown on struggle, defiance, awareness, aloneness, and a takedown of heteronormative capitalistic patriarchal authoritarian politics in topics ranging from love, technology, religion, war, to migration," Williams mentions.

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On the new track, the couple once again deliver loving lyrics and sweet melodies, sharing an accompanying video highlighting their bond. The video behind with what looks like personal footage from the company, later following them around as they adventure across Los Angeles, playfully driving around and even making a stop at the LA staple, Randy's Donuts.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's 'Coming To America'-Inspired Nike Sneaker Will Be Dropping Very Soon

The Nigerian-Greek NBA MVP is releasing a limited edition run of his Nike collab, 'Zoom Freak 1.'

Giannis Antetokounmpo is set to release a limited edition run of his sneaker, the "Zoom Freak 1" in collaboration with Nike very soon, Konbini reports.

And to top it all off, it's going to be inspired by the classic late 1980s comedy Coming To America—one of Antetokounmpo's favorite movies—where the designs will be made in collaboration with Paramount Pictures.

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