A nigerian has won the fourteenth Caine Prize for African writing for his story entitled “Miracles” which is an excerpt from his forthcoming novel ‘The Proximity of Distance’.His story is about religion and the treachery therein, set in a Nigerian Evangelical Church is Texas where a blind prophet attempts to perform a miracle on a young man. The prize was presented to Mr Folarin at the Bodelian Library in Oxford yesterday.
You can read his story here http://www.caineprize.com/pdf/2013_Folarin.pdf
I read it this morning and it really is fantastic. He handled a heavy subject with panache and humour. Do read it if you get a chance. It’d be interesting to find out the degree to which his story may have been inspired by actual events though obviously fictional. Some of us know the things that go down in some Nigerian churches.