Woppa Diallo and Mame Bougouma Diane. Photo taken by Neil Akinyemi.

Just a month ago, Senegalese duo Mame Bougouma Diene and Woppa Diallo emerged as the joint winners of the 2023 Caine Prize for African Writing.

The Caine Prize for African Writing is an esteemed annual award honoring outstanding African writers and celebrates the richness and diversity of African literature. This is the first time a husband and wife writing duo have won since the Prize’s inception in 2000.

Diene’s and Diallo’s winning story, “A Soul of Small Places,” was first published in TorDotCom (2022). Diene is a Franco-Senegalese American humanitarian based in Pretoria and the French language editor for Omenana Magazine. Diallo is a lawyer specializing in human rights, and a feminist activist.

The Chair of the Caine Prize Judging Panel, Fareda Banda, announced the winner of the £10,000 prize at an award ceremony held at One Birdcage Walk in London on Monday, October 2.

The Caine Prize shared some photos on Instagram with their followers, marveling at the night filled with storytelling, culture, and recognition:

Cheers to a night filled with literary brilliance! To all our wonderful guests, thank you for being part of a celebration that honours the richness of African literature. Your presence made it truly special!

Congrats again to the winning couple! Check out the stunning photos from the award ceremony below.


Note: Photo credits go to Neil Akinyemi.