Four out of five stories, that made this year’s shortlist for the annual Caine Prize for Writing, were written by Nigerians. This is unheard-of in the history of the Prize. The shortlisted stories are:
- Elnathan John (Nigeria) ‘Bayan Layi’ from Per Contra, Issue 25 (USA, 2012)
- Tope Folarin (Nigeria) ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012)
- Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone) ‘Foreign Aid’ from Journal of Progressive Human Services, Vol. 23.3 (Philadelphia, 2012)
- Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria) ‘The Whispering Trees’ from The Whispering Trees, published by Parrésia Publishers (Lagos, 2012)
- Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria) ‘America’ from Granta, Issue 118 (London, 2012)
A review of Elnathan John’s Bayan Layi is up on the Nigerianstalk LitMag website and on the KTravula blog. You can follow the aforementioned website for more reviews on all the other shortlisted stories.