Caine Prize for African Writing joins forces with SOAS

News - Prizes Wednesday, 15 May 2019

SOAS to host annual Caine Prize awards dinner for the next ten years

The Caine Prize for African Writing has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SOAS, University of London, which arranges for SOAS to host the annual Caine Prize award dinner for the next decade. Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing, and Baroness Valerie Amos, director of SOAS, signed the agreement on May 13. The twentieth winner of the award will be announced on July 8 at Senate House during a ceremony hosted by SOAS.

In addition to the annual award ceremony, SOAS will host a public event with each year's shortlisted writers, allowing people with an interest in African literature to hear directly from the authors involved. Winners in recent years include Makena Onjerika from Kenya, Bushra al-Fadil from Sudan, and Lidudumalingani from South Africa.

Wakatama Allfrey said: "The Caine Prize is grateful to SOAS for the support they have provided over the last two years, and I am delighted that this will continue for the foreseeable future. Central to the ethos of both organisations is the commitment to foster greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of literature and culture from across the African continent, which underpins this historic agreement."

Amos said: "We are honoured to continue our collaboration with the Caine Prize and with the talented writers it recognises. At SOAS we have a long history of scholarship, research and teaching in African art and literature. Since the admittance of our first students in 1917, Swahili and Bantu languages have been taught at the School. We look forward to seeing the influence and impact that the next generation of African writers will continue to bring."

Pictured (l-r): Baroness Amos, director of SOAS, and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, chair of the Caine Prize, mark the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (Cr SOAS University of London)

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