Nigeria’s Rotimi Babatunde has won the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story entitled Bombay’s Republic, which was published in Mirabilia Review’ Vol. 3.9 (Lagos, 2011). Babatunde received a cash prize of £10,000 prize at a dinner held Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
The shortlist for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing was announced this month, and includes five short stories selected from 122 qualifying entries received from 14 African countries. The 2012 finalists are Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria), Billy Kahora (Kenya), Stanley Kenani (Malawi), Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe), and Constance Myburgh (South Africa).
A total of 122 qualifying stories from 14 African countries will compete for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing. This marks a slight drop from the 2012 competition, which attracted 126 entries from 17 African countries.