Tope Folarin wins Caine Prize for African Writing
African Studies Graduate Tope Folarin (MSc 2005-6) has won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing. Tope was awarded the prize for his short story ‘Miracle’, which can be read in full on the Caine Prize website.
The Chair of Judges, Gus Casely-Hayford, announced Tope Folarin as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held on Monday, 8 July at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Gus Casely-Hayford praised the story, saying: "Tope Folarin's 'Miracle' is another superb Caine Prize winner - a delightful and beautifully paced narrative, that is exquisitely observed and utterly compelling".
The Caine Prize is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer published in the English language. Because of the Caine Prize's connection to the Booker Prize, the award is sometimes called the "African Booker".