Nigerian writer, Babatude shortlisted for 2012 Caine Prize

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.

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