7 July 2009
Yesterday evening, the Bodleian Library hosted the Caine Prize for African Writing for the sixth year running.
Widely known as the African Booker, the prize went to E.C. Osondu, a Nigerian writer, for his story 'Waiting' about displaced people. Osondu won £10,000, and the opportunity to take up a month's residence at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. as a writer in residence, with all travel and living expenses covered.
The other four writers shortlisted for the prize were from Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.
The 10-year-old prize is awarded annually for a short story by an African writer published in English. The award is named after Sir Michael Caine, a former chairman of Booker plc.