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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Nigerian writer Tope Folarin wins Caine writing prize

This is delightful news. Two Nigerians have won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing two years in a row. Last year, Nigerian writer, Rotimi Babatunde, won the prize for his story Bombay's Republic - a book about Nigerian soldiers who fought in the Burma campaign during World War II. And this year, another Nigerian has won. His name is Tope Folarin, a US-based writer. He won the prize for his story - Miracle - a short story set in an evangelical Nigerian church in Texas.

Tope, who was shortlisted with three other Nigerians and a Sierra Leonean for the prize, received $15,000 at an event that held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Congrats to him.

36 comments:

Tiana said...

Chai! But finally we sabi book oh! If only more attentn will b given to our Educational sector. See countries wit stable teaching facilities nd strike is not an option dir, we go nd come out tops! O God! My country needs ur help plzzzzzz!

9jadeltapikin... said...

Naijadeltapikin... Congrats folarin

Anonymous said...

If he was from another tribe, his tribe people would come out boasting how God has favoured them more than any other being in the world! just like the lady who won miss Nigeria. Omo-odua God bless u

Yubbie Akpan said...

First to comment! Not much of a big dal though but all the same, Congratulations sir!


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BARBIELICIOUS said...

luv my country people.... always repping us... unlike our leaders who are just busy looting our cash.... God Bless Nigeria

Anonymous said...

Nice Win Bro.. More Wisdom in Your writing....
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Alloy Chikezie said...

Congratulations to him

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Congrats to him.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

@jaylicioussss said...

$15,000 4 winning caine prize, $300,000 4 winning bba... Really?

Shepherd said...

Great!this generation needs more books than it does music videos. I read Bombay's Republic last winter and was totally stunned by Rotimi Babatunde's ability to write...can't wait to read Miracle too!

Anonymous said...

True talk @jayliciouss!
~D great anonymous!

Anonymous said...

You can see the difference that writers do not earn much until they become established writers.

Anonymous said...

Anony 8:35 u be fool,what has tribe got to do wit dis....oloshi

Anonymous said...

Congrats Tope.

BLOGLORD said...

good news! great stuff! congrats boy!

Anonymous said...

RE "Yubbie Akpan said...
First to comment! Not much of a big dal though but all the same, Congratulations sir!"
Winning the Caine prize is not big deal, right? Being 'first to comment' is I guess. By the way, it's deal nor 'dal'

Marital Infidelity: Kate's Story said...

In the news for the right reason, Nigerians are also good people. Congrats.

LADI said...

GOD BLESS HIM MORE, ANOTHER SOYINKA ANS ACHEBE IN THE MAKING

AMEN.

Anonymous said...

The Caine prize is not much of a big deal? Fools like you are the reason the youth are what they are today. Dumbo.

Anonymous said...

THEY ARE NOT NIGERIANS. PLEASE DONT LAY CLAIM TO WHAT DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. REMEMBER ALSO THAT YOU SAID THAT MICHEAL ADEBOLAJO IS NOT A NIGERIAN.

Anonymous said...

And what have you written??Mscheew

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Anonymous said...

Yes, writers do not earn much unless they are highly recognised/ given a Nobel/their work is made into a film. E.g. J. K. Rowling who was poor before. Wish him the best.

Morgan.

love me said...

Congratulations!






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love me said...

Now how many Yorubas do u see celebrating him on ds blog? Abi una no dey appreciate una own?




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http://johnkennedyohiagu.blog.com said...

Its nice we have younger writers stepping into the shoes of departing pen-heroes. Thumps up guys, you rock!!!

Blessing Omagbon Yovwe said...

a yes 4 me!!! gud 4 him......more success.

Anonymous said...

Yeah congrat boy u do us proud

Anonymous said...

Congratulations guy. I pray in Jesus name that I wil receive a prize like you. I am an author of so many unpublished books. God grants me favour in life.

Anonymous said...

Congrats. Tope Folarin! U r one of those still making us proud outside d shores of ds country!

Anonymous said...

You're too right Tiana.

Anonymous said...

@anon 11:28......dnt blame him much,he's a dumbass i believe this is the 1st tym he is hearing of such, he doesn't knw anytin abt it.....lyk tell'n a monkey dt sugar is sweeter than banana.

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up man! Keep making us proud.

Ayibu Makolo said...

Congratulations, I'll get there too.

Ayibu Makolo said...

Congratulations, I'll get there too.

Chelsey said...

This is gorgeous!