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Babatunde wins Caine Prize
03.07.12 | Charlotte Williams
Nigerian author Rotimi Babatunde has won the 13th Caine Prize for African Writing. The writer was awarded £10,000 at the award dinner last night (2nd July) at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Babatunde won the prize, which is awarded every year for African creative writing, for his short story Bombay's Republic. Chair of judges Bernardine Evaristo described it as "the story of a Nigerian soldier fighting in the Burma campaign of World War Two" and as an "ambitious, darkly humorous" book which "in soaring, scorching prose exposes the exploitative nature of the colonial project and the psychology of Independence".
Also on the judging panel were cultural journalist Maya Jaggi; Zimbabwean poet, songwriter and writer Chirikure Chirikure; associate professor at Georgetown University Samantha Pinto; and Sudanese CNN television correspondent Nima Elbagir.
The winner also has the opportunity to take up a month's residence at Georgetown University, and will be invited to take part in the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September 2012, and events hosted by the Museum of African Art in New York in November 2012.