Nigerians top the bill
It's been a good week in Britain for writers and actors of Nigerian origin. Tope Folarin won the £10,000 Caine Prize for African Writing, which has been described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story, Miracle. Set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church where the congregation has gathered to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet, hre story is about religion and the gullibility of those caught in the deceit that sometimes comes with faith.
Three of the four others on the shortlist are also listed as Nigerian: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (The Whispering Trees), Elnathan John (Bayan Layi) and Chinelo Okparanta (America).
On stage, Chiwetel Ejiofor is starring in A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic in London, a play about Congo's murdered prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. Ejiofot also has two films coming out this year: Half A Yellow Sun, an adaptation of the brilliant novel by another Nigerian, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and 12 Years A Slave, the real-life story of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and enslaved in Louisiana in 1841.
+ A Season in the Congo, interview with Chiewetel Ejioforblog comments powered by Disqus