Bodleian welcomes back African Writers

7 July 2009

EC_Osondu_1webYesterday 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.

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