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Nigerian author, Tope Folarin wins Caine Prize

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The 2013 prestigious Caine Prize for African writing has been awarded Tope Folarin; a US-based Nigerian writer.

He received the £10,000 ($15,000) prize for his short story Miracle, set in an evangelical Nigerian church in the US city of Texas. The book’s plot raced through a congregation that gathers at a church to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet.

*Tope Folarin

*Tope Folarin

Judges for the award described it as a “delightful and beautifully paced narrative”.

Folarin was among five writers short-listed for the prize, regarded as Africa’s leading literary award, reports the BBC.

Three other Nigerians were short-listed – Elnathan John for Bayan Layi, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for The Whispering Trees and Chinelo Okparanta for America.

Sierra Leone’s Pede Hollist was the only non-Nigerian short-listed for his short story Foreign Aid.

Last year’s winner was Rotimi Babatunde for his story Bombay’s Republic – about Nigerian soldiers who fought in the Burma campaign during World War II.

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