Nneka Arimah wins the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing

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Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’.

Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’.

Founded in 2000, the Caine Prize honours a short story of 3,000-10,000 words published in English by an African writer. The winner receives £10,000 prize money, and each shortlisted writer also receives £500.

Here’s the Book’s Press Release

“Skinned” envisions a society in which young girls are ceremonially ‘uncovered’ and must marry in order to regain the right to be clothed. It tells the story of Ejem, a young woman uncovered at the age of fifteen yet ‘unclaimed’ in adulthood, and her attempts to negotiate a rigidly stratified society following the breakdown of a protective friendship with the married Chidinma. With a wit, prescience, and a wicked imagination, “Skinned” is a bold and unsettling tale of bodily autonomy and womanhood, and the fault lines along which solidarities are formed and broken.

Arimah is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing. Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria.

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