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.