Monday, May 15, 2006

caine prize 2006 shortlist

The Caine Prize 2006 shortlist was unveiled earlier today and it's 4-1 in favour of the women as Nigerian Sefi Atta is joined by 4 others in the running for this year's award.

  1. Sefi Atta makes the shortlist for her short story, The Last Trip - from Chimurenga 8, 2006
  2. Darrel Bristow-Bovey (South Africa) is in for A Joburg Story - from African Compass - New Writing from Southern Africa
  3. Muthoni Garland (Kenya) is shortlisted for Tracking the Scent of My Mother - from Seventh Street Alchemy: A Selection of Writings from the Caine Prize for African Writing 2004
  4. Laila Lalami (Morocco) is also there with The Fanatic - from her book, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
  5. Mary Watson is the 2nd South African on the list, for her short story Jungfrau - from Moss

The 5 were chosen from 110 qualifying entries from 21 African countries. They will be making appearances at readings & seminars in the UK in July. The winner of the $15,000 prize is announced on July 10 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK.

See also: African Booker.


Blogger Onyeka George Nwelue said...

I have always prayed that this day come. Absolutely, Sefi is making Nigeria proud in many ways.

Congrats to her.

2:11 pm, May 16, 2006  
Blogger St Antonym said...

Wonderful news. I wish Sefi all the best.

I do hate the expression "African Booker" though. You don't see them calling the Whitbread the "English Nobel."

Oyinbo people are very good at damning with faint praise.

3:06 pm, May 17, 2006  
Blogger MissQuote said...

Girl Power! I know a Nigerian won it the last time but here's wishing Sefi all the best.

6:20 pm, May 17, 2006  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

That is good news.

You should be involved in the selection.

3:51 am, May 19, 2006  
Blogger j said...

I hope Laila Lalami's Fanatic clinches it.

11:51 am, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous the real grace said...

J, you again, when will you be fully clothed. Oh, and I would like to wish Sefi, all the best!

11:53 am, May 19, 2006  
Blogger Onyeka George Nwelue said...

We wish Sefi all the best...and please Aunty MW, keep us all informed about the London African Music Festival...

4:58 pm, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anietie said...

Excellent shortlist. I believe that women are better writers. Sefi hasn't proved me wrong.But I disagree too with the use of "African Booker." Nonsense! Why must they always tag us?

4:08 pm, May 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aniete, what is the basis for saying that women are better writers? of course it is great that Sefi is on the list, i haven't read this particular story, but I did not enjoy her debut novel one bit. In fact, I hated it. however, this is not to detract from her been on the list.

but do explain how women are better writers.

from a fellow female

4:37 am, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Onyeka George Nwelue said...

Don't least no female poet is famous or

8:22 am, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous anietie said...

Well, I haven't read Sefi's shortlisted work but her first novel is fantastic. It is the best literature (in recent years) from Nigeria.It has depth. I can only compare her to Nwapa,Vera, Lessing, Sutherland, Emecheta,Unigwe and the rest.These women write with so much passion. Mind you, annonymous, I am not a woman!

10:41 pm, May 26, 2006  

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