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The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. This edition, published by New Internationalist, collects the five 2009 shortlisted stories, along with twelve stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop in spring 2009.

Nigeria’s EC Osondu won the 2009 Prize for his short story ‘Waiting’ from Guernicamag.com, October 2008.

Previous winners and entrants include Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Brian Chikwava, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Mary Watson, and Binyavanga Wainaina.

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Why does it have to be “owned?” It is African Literature. It just is. There really is no owner. That is simply how I see it. Maybe I should have a more complicated answer but I don’t. I would love to hear other views. That is why it just pains me to have missed a recent discussion among three African writers on that very topic. Granted, this discussion happened at Penn State University’s University Park campus, a 200 mile drive from where I live; I would have been there if I had known about it earlier.  Imagine my sheer delight, finding a blog post about the event!

Helon Habila

Helon Habila

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday, November 9th three African writers engaged in the discussion of who owns African literature. The three writers, Helon Habila, Binyavanga Wainaina and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, each had ten minutes to discuss who they considered to own African literature. Read more here.

Thank you CULTURE MINING!

Hadu! (That’s the Liberian way!)
I’ve just joined the world of blogging and I have to admit I’m really excited. I’m a lifelong bibliophile. Even more specifically, I love to hear about African writers. I wish I had enough time to read all of them. At the very least, I take great pleasure in receiving and passing along any information about them. I follow their writing careers as much as I can. I am passionate about it.

I’ve wanted to do this for a while now. I’m not sure where I’m going with this but a girl has to start somewhere, doesn’t she? This blog will be a living work in progress.

I am not a writer by any means so I don’t intend to pen literary works here. I just want to share my thoughts and any information about a subject that I am passionate about – African writers and writings.