Nobel Prize winner and Patron of the Caine Prize Professor Wole Soyinka today announced the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist. This year’s list features five writers, Diane Awerbuck (South Africa), Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia), Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe0, Billy Kahora (Kenya) and Okwiri Oduor (Kenya).
Tendai Huchu (www.tendaihuchu.com), author of the Hairdresser of Harare and An Untimely Love, was born in Bindura, Zimbabwe. He has a great love of literature, and currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. In this interview with the Africa Book Club, he shares talks about growing up in Zimbabwe, and his own development as a writer.
Tendai Huchu’s The Hairdresser of Harare (published in 2010 by Weaver Press), is a touching story written in the voice of Vimbai, probably the “best” hairdresser in Harare. All ladies who have a standing in society visit the salon of Mrs. Khumalo to be served by the kind, attractive, professional Vimbai. Then, one day, a charming, gorgeously looking young man walks into the salon and, enchanting the owner and the customers present, is hired on the spot.