NoViolet Bulawayo of Zimbabwe Wins 12th Caine Prize for African Writing

By on Jul 12, 2011 in Africa, Amazing, Education, World Comments
NoViolet Bulawayo
NoViolet Bulawayo
Caine Prize for African Writing Winner

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NoViolet Bulawayo, a Zimbabwean writer, was declared as the winner of the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing on Monday, July 11, 2011 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, according to a report at The Caine Prize official website.

Caine Prize is considered as a leading literary award in Africa. Bulawayo, born and raised in Zimbabwe, received £10,000 ($16,000) for her winning story, “Hitting Budapest.”

Bulawayo‘s story relates the life of hungry children living in shanties who steal guavas from an upmarket suburb. She revealed in a BBC interview that she usually tries to “write stories that don’t normally get told.” She finished her masters degree at Cornell University in the US.

The Chair of the judges, Hisham Matar, described Bulawayo‘s “story with moral power and weight, it has the artistry to refrain from moral commentary. NoViolet Bulawayo is a writer who takes delight in language.”

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