Nigeria's Tope Folarin is the winner of the 14th Caine Prize for African Writing


Tope Folarin from Nigeria was nnounced as winner of the the Caine Prize for African Writing 2013 for his short story titled 'Miracle' from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012).

The winner of the £10,000 prize was announced by The Chair of Judges, Gus Casely-Hayford at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 8 July.

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”.

On the panel of judges alongside Gus this year are award-winning Nigerian-born artist, Sokari Douglas Camp; author, columnist and Lord Northcliffe Emeritus Professor at UCL, John Sutherland; Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, Nathan Hensley and Leila Aboulela,the winner of the Caine Prize in its inaugural year. This is the first time that a past winner of the Caine Prize has taken part in the judging.

he winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be given the opportunity to take up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, as a Writer-in-Residence at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and will be invited to take part in the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September.

Tope Folarin
Tope Folarin was educated at Morehouse College, and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Master's degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the recipient of writing fellowships from the Institute for Policy Studies and Callaloo, and he serves on the board of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Tope lives and works in Washington DC.
Synopis: Miracle’ is a story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church where the congregation has gathered to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet. Religion and the gullibility of those caught in the deceit that sometimes comes with faith rise to the surface as a young boy volunteers to be healed and begins to believe in miracles.

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