Caine Prize Preview 2017: ‘God’s Children Are Little Broken Things’ by Arinze Ifeakandu

Launched in 2000, the Caine Prize for African Writing is a award for short stories written by writers of African origin and published in the English language. This year’s 166 entries from 23 countries is the highest number of submissions in its 17 year history. The five shortlisted stories for the 2017 prize are: “Virus” by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa) “Who Will Greet You At Home” by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) “The Story of the Girl Whose Bird Flew Away” Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan) “Bush Baby” by Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria) “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things” by Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria) This year’s winner will be awarded £10 000 and the other shortlisted writers will each receive £500 to be announced on July 3rd at the Senate House Library in London. OkayAfrica contributor Sabo Kpade will review each shortlisted entry leading up to the announcement of the winner on July 3rd. Entry 3 is God Children Are Little Things by Arinze Ifeakandu . Coming of age stories are ready-fodder for fiction. Where the writer will have to succeed is in the execution, and in this Arinze Ifeakandu has excelled to a large extent. “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things” is […]

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