Nigerian budding writer, Rotimi Babatunde is among the five short listed names for the 2012 prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.
This is contained in a press release signed by the Vice President of the Caine Prize, Ben Okri. Babatunde made the short list with his entry, Bombay’s Republic published in Mirabilia Review Vol. 3.9.
Other writers shortlisted for the literary prize includes: Billy Kahora from Kenya, Stanley Kenani from Malawi, Melissa Tandiwe Myambo from Zimbabwe and Constance Myburg from South Africa.
Rotimi Babatunde who is the only Nigerian on the shortlist, if declared the winner will join other Nigerian past winners of the award like Segun Afolabi (2005), Philip Osondu (2009), Helon Habila (2001) and Olufemi Terry (2010).
Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story entitled Hitting Budapest, from The Boston Review, Vol 35, no. 6 – Nov/Dec 2010.
The Chair of judges, author and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Bernardine Evaristo MBE, described the shortlist as “truly diverse fiction from a truly diverse continent.”
The Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary award is named in the memory of late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker Plc.