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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.

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The Results Are In: Makena Onjerika Wins 2018 Caine Prize

Kenyan author Makena Onjerika just won the Caine prize for her story "Fanta Blackcurrant."

Yesterday, Makena Onjerika tweeted that she was looking forward to wine, food, and some nice air conditioning at the Caine Prize dinner, she got that and the £10,000 prize.

Though the Caine prize has been critiqued by many writers, it is still one of the most acclaimed awards for African writers. This year's prize went to Kenyan writer Onjekira for her story "Fanta Blackcurrant" which was first published in Wasafiri in 2017. Onjerika is the fourth Kenyan writer to win this award alongside Okwiri Oduor (2013), Yvonne Owuor (2003), and Binyavanga Wainaina (2002).

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Who Should Win the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing?

The winner of this year's Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced today and we've taken a look at the shortlist.

The winner for this year's Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced tonight. The five shortlisted stories were chosen out of a total of 133 entries and the winner to be decided by a panel of judges chaired by Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu. The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner in the Beveridge Hall at Senate House, SOAS in partnership with the Centre for African Studies. Each shortlisted writer will also receive £500.

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