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Nneka Lesley Arimah

Distinguished Nigerian writers, Nneka Lesley Arimah and Tope Folarin have been shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2016, . They join South Africa’s
Lidudu Malingani, Kenyan/Somalian Abdul Khan and Zimbabwe’s Bongani Kona who have also been made the annual literary award list. Read Nneka and Tope’s profiles below.

Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for ‘What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky’ published in Catapult (Catapult, USA,  2015). Lesley Nneka Arimah is a Nigerian writer living in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and other publications. When she isn’t spreading peace and joy on Twitter, Arimah is at work on a collection of short stories (What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky) forthcoming in 2017 from Riverhead Books. There are rumours about a novel.

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Tope Folarin

Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for ‘Genesis’ published in Callaloo (Johns
Hopkins University Press, USA, 2014). Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize
for African Writing in 2013, and in 2014 he was named in the Africa39 list
of the most promising African writers under 39. In addition, his work
has been published in various anthologies and journals. He lives in
Washington DC.

Credit: Caineprize.com