Two Nigerian writers, Lesley Arimah and Tochukwu Okafor have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for July.
The shortlisted persons were announced on May 20 and the competition is to feature stories that tackle “the ordinary in an extraordinary manner”.
It will also feature the celebration of the diversity of the African short-story writing tradition for the twentieth edition of the prize.
The five writers shortlisted include authors from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.
The nominated ones are:
• Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria)
for ‘Skinned’, published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern , Issue 53 (2018) .
• Meron Hadero (Ethiopia) for ‘The Wall’, published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 52 (2018)
• Cherrie Kandie (Kenya) for ‘Sew My Mouth’, published in ID Identity: New Short Fiction From Africa (2018)
Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti (Cameroon) for ‘It Takes A Village Some Say’, published in The Baffler (2017).
• Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor (Nigeria) for ‘All Our Lives’, published in ID Identity: New Short Fiction From Africa (2018)
ToChukwu Emmanuel Okafor.
Lesley Nneka Arimah.