Transition author Tope Folarin wins 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing

first_imgPrevious winners are Leila Aboulela (2000), Helon Habila (2001), Binyavanga Wainaina (2002), Yvonne Owuor (2003), Brian Chikwava (2004), Segun Afolabi (2005), Mary Watson (2006), Monica Arac de Nyeko (2007), Henrietta Rose-Innes (2008), EC Osondu (2009), Olufemi Terry (2010), NoViolet Bulawayo (2011) and Rotimi Babatunde (2012). Nigeria’s Tope Folarin has won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012). Transition is a publication of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Read Full Storycenter_img The chair of judges, Gus Casely-Hayford, announced Folarin as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held on July 8 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.‘Miracle’ is a story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church where the congregation has gathered to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet. Religion and the gullibility of those caught in the deceit that sometimes comes with faith rise to the surface as a young boy volunteers to be healed and begins to believe in miracles.Gus Casely-Hayford praised the story, saying: “Tope Folarin’s ‘Miracle’ is another superb Caine Prize winner – a delightful and beautifully paced narrative, that is exquisitely observed and utterly compelling”.Folarin is the recipient of writing fellowships from the Institute for Policy Studies and Callaloo, and he serves on the board of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Folarin was educated at Morehouse College, and the University of Oxford, where he earned two master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.last_img read more

Million-dollar beach home for $10

first_img63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, Sunshine CoastAmong the dream home’s features was a large plunge pool with rock face water feature. It overlooks a covered gazebo for outdoor dining and luxury barbecue kitchen with drinks fridge.The home also has a courtyard lounge complete with fire pit and fish pond. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine CoastTHIS million dollar home at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast is up for grabs for $10 as the next prize home to come out of Queensland.The resort-style home on millionaire’s row was bought by the Endeavour Foundation for its Beachfront Lifestyle Lottery, with funds going towards helping people with a disability. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine Coast“Ultimately, this beautiful home will help someone with a disability create a home of their own, pursuing the real possibilities within their own lives”.The prize home opened for viewing Friday February 3 with tickets available until March 22. 63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast.Now valued at over $1.1 million, the home at 63 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba, has three bedrooms, one study, two full baths and is less than 100 metres from the beach.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“The prize home personifies relaxed coastal living,” according to the foundation, with the property suitable for both a holiday retreat or a permanent beachside home. Endeavour Foundation’s next prize home on the Sunshine CoastEndeavour Foundation executive general manager of supporter enterprises, Andrew Thomas, said the lotteries helped fund the At Home With Choices program, which builds modern, accessible houses to give people with a disability more choices about where they live.last_img read more