Sunday, July 11, 2010

Olufemi Terry wins Caine prize for African writing

- This one happend while I was away. I'm writing from an internet cafe.

the most recent winner of Caine Prize for African literature has this to say:
"The label 'African writer' is not a particularly helpful one ... Whether it's journalism or fiction, there is too much emphasis put on issues such as poverty or disease, and I feel the label 'African writing' exacerbates that particular tendency. I would like to see more of a shift away from writing about Africa set on the continent, and more exploration of the issues of the diaspora."

But African writing is not about poverty and disease, bro. One can still write about God and the Angels while wearing the cap of African writer. Anyway, congratulations on winning this important prize.

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