One of our own: Elnathan John Nominated for Caine Prize

 If you are his friend on facebook this might not be news to you but I am posting it all the same.

by Rachel Ogbuelnathan john

A Sunday Trust literary journalist, a YNaija contributor (yes, success has many fathers!)

and others have both been shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing 2013.

Literary journalist, Abubakar Ibrahim Adam was nominated for his story

“The whispering trees” while columnist, Elnathan John, a columnist with Sunday Trust,

his story titled “Bayan layi”.

“I am delighted and excited by this news. I am honoured to be on such a strong shortlist

for such a huge prize. And the fact that there are three other Nigerians in the running for

it makes this even more special. For me, the fact that my publishers, Parresia Publishers,

had faith in my writing and gave me the platform, and for this effort to have reached this

level, is a vindication of our faith in ourselves as Nigerians. There is hope for literature in

this country,” Adam said.

John told reporters that he was deeply humbled . “I am quite pleased with all the Nigerians

on the shortlist and especially Abubakar Adam Ibrahim with whom I just attended Caine

Prize workshop. Everyone of the shortlist is a winner. I feel privileged to be counted among

them,” he said.

Two other Nigerians were also shortlisted for the award in its fourteenth year.

Tope Folarin was nominated for the short story “Miracle” and Chinelo Okparanta for her story

titled “America.”

Nominations were announced yesterday via the Caine Prize’s webssite and the shortlist had

only a non-Nigerian, Sierra Leone’s Pede Hollist.

According to chair of the chair of the judges, Gus Casely-Hayford, stories were

“selected from 96 entries from 16 African countries.”

“The five contrasting titles interrogate aspects of things that we might feel we

know of Africa – violence, religion, corruption, family, community – but these

are subjects that are deconstructed and beautifully remade. These are challenging,

arresting, provocative stories of a continent and its descendants captured at a time

of burgeoning change,” the Caine Prize website quoted him as saying.

The winner of the £10,000 prize is to be announced at a celebratory dinner at the

Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 8 July.

Way to go, Elnathan (and the rest of you!).

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