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Watch Joseph Adesunloye’s Documentary Film on The AKO Caine Prize

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A few weeks ago, the AKO Caine Prize organizers announced that the award dinner held at the British Library will not hold this year due to pandemic conditions. As an alternative, they commissioned British-Nigerian filmmaker Joseph Adesunloye to make a film celebrating the five shortlisted writers and highlighting the impact of the prize on African […]

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Irenosen Okojie Wins the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing


The Winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is Nigerian-British writer Irenosen Okojie for her short story “Grace Jones.” The story appeared in Irenosen’s latest book Nudibranch, a collection published by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books in 2019. The AKO Caine Prize is an annual prize awarded for African creative writing. Irenosen emerges […]

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Catch Up on Books & Rhymes Podcast Interviews with 2020 AKO Caine Prize Shortlistees

Our favorite culture critic and podcaster, Sarah Ozo-Irabor, is back with Season 2 of Books & Rhymes: The Podcast! Books & Rhymes: The Podcast is all about amplifying African literature by pairing stories, characters, and literary themes with music. Expanding from the Instagram review platform of the same name, the podcast launched in 2019 and […]

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“The Future of African Literature is Bright” — Interview with Joseph Adesunloye on the Ako Caine Prize Film

The 2020 Ako Caine Prize award dinner was initially scheduled for June 23rd. But, due to the current pandemic conditions, the organizers have had to think creatively about how to celebrate the shortlisted writers without violating “government measures to slow down the spread of” the virus. Earlier in the month, it was  announced that British-Nigerian […]

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The Ako Caine Prize Releases Statement on Equality and Inclusivity

The Ako Caine Prize Chair Ellah P. Wakatama OBE signed a statement affirming the institution’s unwavering support for inclusivity and equality. At a time when racism and transphobia, homophobia, and sexism are at the forefront of conversations about equality, The Caine Prize takes a stand against any attempt to stifle the voices of African writers. […]

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Listen to Rémy Ngamije’s Playlists for the 2020 Ako Caine Prize Shortlisted Stories

Here is something to get us through the week: Ako Caine Prize shortlistee Rémy Ngamije’s four playlists, inspired by this year’s shortlisted stories. On May 19, the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing announced the five shortlisted writers for this year’s prize: Erica Sugo Anyadike, Chikodili Emelumadu, Jowhor Ile, Rémy Ngamije, and Irenosen Okojie. [Go […]

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2020 AKO Caine Prize For African Writing: Shortlist Announced

It’s that time of the year once again. The 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced. We are happy to share that five writers from Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania made the coveted list. The winner is awarded £10,000. Each shortlisted writer will receive £500. THE SHORTLIST [see below for photos and […]

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COVID-19 Concerns Lead to Postponement of The AKO Caine Prize 2020 Award Dinner

The AKO Caine Prize announced today that it was postponing the 2020 prize ceremony scheduled for June 23 in London. The prize ceremony, during which the winners of the prize are announced, is one of the highlights of the year in the African literary community. It attracts hundreds of attendees from different parts of the […]

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