2016 Shortlist

L-R: Tope Folarin (Nigeria), Lidudumalingani (South Africa), Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria), Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) and Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya)

L-R: Tope Folarin (Nigeria), Lidudumalingani (South Africa), Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria), Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) and Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya)

Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for ‘Genesis’ published in Callaloo (Johns Hopkins University Press, USA, 2014). Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and in 2014 he was named in the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39. In addition, his work has been published in various anthologies and journals. He lives in Washington DC. 

In 2017, Tope's story was translated in Kiswahili after the Prize's workshop in Tanzania. Read Mwanzo translated by NS Koenings.

Lidudumalingani (South Africa) for ‘Memories we Lost’  published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). Lidudumalingani is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He was born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in a village called Zikhovane. Lidudumalingani has published short stories, non-fiction and criticism in various publications. His films have been screened at various film festivals. 

In 2017, an extract from Lidudumalingani's story was translated in Kiswahili after the Prize's workshop in Tanzania. Read Kumbukumbu Tulizopoteza translated by Elias Mutani.

Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for ‘What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky’ published in Catapult (Catapult, USA,  2015). Lesley Nneka Arimah is a Nigerian writer living in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and other publications. When she isn't spreading peace and joy on Twitter, Arimah is at work on a collection of short stories (What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky) forthcoming in 2017 from Riverhead Books. There are rumours about a novel.

In 2017, an extract from Lesley's story was translated in Kiswahili after the Prize's workshop in Tanzania. Read  Maana ya Mtu Kuanguka kutoka Juu  translated by Elias Mutani.

Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) for ‘At your Requiem’ published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). Bongani Kona is a freelance writer and contributing editor of Chimurenga. His writing has appeared in Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone (South Africa), Sunday Times and other publications and websites. He is also enrolled as a Masters student in the Creative Writing department at the University of Cape Town. 

In 2017, an extract from Bongani's story was translated in Kiswahili after the Prize's workshop in Tanzania. Read Inaanzia wapi translated by Richard Mabala.

Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) for ‘The Lifebloom Gift’ published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 (New Internationalist, United Kingdom, 2014). His work has appeared in African magazines Kwani, Jungle Jim, Gambit, Okike, Storytime, SCARF and elsewhere. He was a participant in the 2014 Caine Prize workshop in Zimbabwe, and is a founding member of the Jalada collective. 

In 2017, an extract from Abdul's story was translated in Kiswahili after the Prize's workshop in Tanzania. Read Zawadi ya Mchanuliamaisha translated by Richard Mabala.

2015 Shortlist

L-R: Masande Ntshanga (South Africa), F.T. Kola (South Africa), Elnathan John (Nigeria), Namwali Serpell (Zambia) and Según Afolabi (Nigeria)

L-R: Masande Ntshanga (South Africa), F.T. Kola (South Africa), Elnathan John (Nigeria), Namwali Serpell (Zambia) and Según Afolabi (Nigeria)

Masande Ntshanga (South Africa) shortlisted story 'Space in Twenty in 20' published in Times Media (South Africa, 2014). Masande is the winner of the 2013 PEN International New Voices Award. He was born in East London in 1986 and grew up between Mdantsane, Zeleni, Bhisho, King William's Town, Estcourt, Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town. He graduated with a degree in Film and Media and an Honours degree in English Studies from UCT, where he became a creative writing fellow, completing his Masters in Creative Writing under the Mellon Mays Foundation. He received a Fulbright Award and an NRF Freestanding Masters scholarship. His debut novel, The Reactive, was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House.

F.T. Kola (South Africa) shortlisted story 'A Party for the Colonel' published in One Story, Inc. (Brooklyn, New York City, 2014). F.T. Kola was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia, and lived in London and New York City before pursuing an MFA at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin, where she is a fellow in fiction. 'A Party For The Colonel' is her first published story.

Elnathan John (Nigeria) shortlisted story 'Flying' published in Per Contra (International, 2014). Elnathan is a full time writer who lives and works in Nigeria. His writing has been published in Per Contra, ZAM Magazine, Hazlitt, Evergreen Review, and Chimurenga's The Chronic. He writes political satire for a Nigerian newspaper and his blog for which he hopes to someday get arrested and famous. He has tried hard, but has never won anything. His first novel is due from Cassava Republic Press in 2015 and Grove Atlantic’s Black Cat in 2016. He is a 2015 Civitella Ranieri fellow.

Namwali Serpell (Zambia) won the 2015 Caine Prize for 'The Sack' published in Africa39 (Bloomsbury, London, 2014). Namwali was born in Zambia in 1980. Her first published story, “Muzungu,” was selected for the Best American Short Stories 2009 and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 2011. In 2014, she was selected as one of the most promising African writers for the Africa 39 Anthology, a project of the Hay festival. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, n+1, McSweeney’s (forthcoming), Bidoun, Callaloo, The San Francisco Chronicle, The L.A. Review of Books, and The Guardian. She is an associate professor in the University of California, Berkeley English department; her first book of literary criticism, Seven Modes of Uncertainty, was published in 2014.

Según Afolabi (Nigeria) shortlisted story 'The Folded Leaf' published in Wasafiri (Routledge, London, 2014). Según was born in Kaduna, Nigeria, and grew up in Canada, the Congo, Indonesia, Germany and Hong Kong. His first novel, Goodbye Lucille, was published in 2007 and won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award in the UK. His first book, A Life Elsewhere, a short story collection, was published in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Afolabi was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2005 for "Monday Morning". He lives in London.