Lesley Nneka Arimah Wins 2019 Caine Prize

UK based Nigerian writer, Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize Award taking home €10,000. The Caine Prize is an award that celebrates African writers in Africa and in diaspora.

Her short story “skinned” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Issue 53) won the prize.

Lesley Nneka Arimah
Lesley Nneka Arimah

In honour of the award, Kenyan writer and also the Chairman of Judges, Dr. Peter Kimani said;

The winner of this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing is a unique retake of women’s struggle for inclusion in a society regulated by rituals. Lesley Nneka Arimah’s Skinned defamiliarizes the familiar to topple social hierarchies, challenge traditions and envision new possibilities for women of the world. Using a sprightly diction, she invents a dystopian universe inhabited by unforgettable characters where friendship is tested, innocence is lost, and readers gain a new understanding of life.”

She’s also the author of a collection of stories, “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,” published by Penguin in USA and Farafina in Nigeria.

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