Monica Arac de Nyeko wins the 2007 Caine Prize

Sophie Goodwin, Web and Information Officer in the British Council’s Literature Department says:

Congratulations to Crossing Borders participant Monica Arac de Nyeko who has beaten four other finalists to win the GBP 10,000 Caine Prize this week for her story Jambula Tree. The book is about a relationship between young girls in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

The Caine Prize, announced in Oxford on Monday night, is considered a major award in African creative writing. The other writers on the shortlist were: Uwem Akpan ( Nigeria ) for My Parents’ Bedroom, E. C. Osondu ( Nigeria ) for Jimmy Carter’s Eyes, Henrietta Rose-Innes ( South Africa ) for Bad Places and Ada Udechukwu ( Nigeria ) for Night Bus.

Last year, South Africa’s Mary Watson was the 7th winner of the Caine Prize.

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