Nigerian poet wins major literary prize
Nigerian writer Rotimi Babatunde has won this year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.
The £10,000 ($15,700) prize was given for his story Bombay’s Republic about Nigerian soldiers who fought in the Burma campaign during World War II.
“It is about liberation and how a character can have his world widened,” Mr Babatunde told the BBC.
He was among five writers short-listed for the prize, regarded as Africa’s leading literary award.
The chair of judges, Bernardine Evaristo, presented the award at a dinner held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday evening.
“It is ambitious, darkly humorous and in soaring, scorching prose exposes the exploitative nature of the colonial project and the psychology of independence,” she said about the winning short story.
He lost his reverence for the colonial officers”
Writer Rotimi Babatunde
Afterwards Mr Babatunde told the BBC’s…
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