Zambia's Namwali Serpell has won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, and is to share her £10,000 prize money with her fellow shortlistees.
Serpell won the award with short story "The Sack" from Africa39 (Bloomsbury).
Her win was announced at a dinner yesterday evening (6th July) at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Chair of the judges Zoe Wicomb praised the story, about the relationship between two men and an absent woman, as "an extraordinary story about the aftermath of revolution with its liberatory promises shattered", adding that it was "formally innovative, stylistically stunning, haunting and enigmatic in its effects".
Serpell accepted the award, but vowed to share the prize money with her fellow shortlistees: Segun Afolabi and Elnathan John from Nigeria, and F T Kola and Masande Ntshanga from South Africa. In an interview, Serpell told the BBC that she felt uncomfortable about the prize structure putting her in competition with her fellow writers "like American Idol", when they all wanted to support one another.
The Caine Prize also awards £500 to each shortlistee.
Also judging this year were authors Neel Mukherjee and Brian Chikwava, broadcaster Zeinab Badawi and academic Coilin Parsons of Georgetown University.