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The Obituary Tango: A Selection of Writing form the Caine Prize for African Writing.

The Obituary Tango

A Selection of Writing from the Caine Prize for African Writing

Various Authors

[pounds sterling]14.99 Jacana Press (SA)

ISBN 1-77009-211-0

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Monday Morning by the Nigerian writer Segun Afolabi was the winning story of the 2005 Caine Prize for African Writing. Afolabi's first collection of short stories, A Life Elsewhere, (see reviews African Business July issue) has just been published by Jonathan Cape, and his first novel is due to be published in April 2007.

This anthology collects both the 2005 winner's and the shortlisted stories, together with the stories written at the Celtel Caine Prize Writers' Workshop held near Naivasha, Kenya earlier this year.

Celtel International, Africa's fastest growing telecom company, is the latest corporate sponsor of the Caine Prize, Africa's premier literary prize awarded for a short story by an African writer. Four African winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wole Soyinka, Naguib Mahfouz, Nadine Gordimer and J M Coetzee, are patrons of the Caine Prize.

The 2005 shortlisted writers included in this anthology are Doreen Baingana of Uganda, Jamal Majoub of Sudan, Muthal Naidoo of South Africa and Ike Okonta of Nigeria. The 2006 Caine Prize winner is Mary Watson from South Africa (see box).
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