Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional


  • 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
  • 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
  • 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
  • Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK  Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week

Abdul Adan 

The Caine Prize short-list has just been released. Kenyan-Somali Abdul Adan has made the cut! Abdul’s story ‘The Lifebloom Gift’ was published in The Gonjon Pin and Other StoriesThe Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 (New Internationalist, United Kingdom, 2014). His various works have appeared in Kwani?, Jungle Jim, Gambit, Okike and  Storytime. He was also a participant in the 2014 Caine Prize workshop in Zimbabwe, and is a founding member of the Kenyan collective Jalada.


The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, United Kingdom on Monday, 4 July. Each short-listed writer will also receive £500. Each of the stories will be published in New Internationalist’s 2016 Caine Prize Anthology in July and through co-publishers across Africa.


Announcing the short-list, chair of judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley called it “An engrossing, well-crafted and dauntless pack of stories”, and commented on the high number of science fiction and fantasy entries. ''The high standard of the entries was clear throughout and particularly noteworthy was the increasing number of fantasy fictions with the sci-fi trend resonating in several excellent stories,” she said. “My fellow judges commented on the pleasure of reading the stories, the gift of being exposed to the exciting short fictions being produced by African writers today and the general shift away from politics towards more intimate subjects – though recent topics such as the Ebola crisis were being wrestled with. It was inspiring to note the amount of risk-taking in both subject matter and style, wild or lyrical voices matching the tempered measured prose writers, and stories tackling uneasy topics, ranging from an unsettling, unreliable narrator’s tale of airport scrutiny, to a science-fictional approach towards the measurement of grief, a young child’s coming to grips with family dysfunction, the big drama of rivalling siblings and the silent, numbing effects of loss. The panel is proud to have short-listed writers from across the continent, finding stories that are compelling, well-crafted and thought-provoking.”




The full Short-list

Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya)

Lesley Nneka Arima (Nigeria)

Tope Folarin (Nigeria)

Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe)

Lidudumalingani (South Africa)


Lesley Nneka Arimah’s piece ‘What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky’ was published in Catapult (Catapult, USA, 2015). Lesley is a Nigerian writer living in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and other publications. Lesley was the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Africa region winner. In 2014 she was included in the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39.


Tope Folarin’s short story ‘Genesis’ was published in Callaloo (Johns Hopkins University Press, USA, 2014). Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize in 2013 and in 2014 was also included in the Africa39. In addition, his work has been published in various anthologies and journals. 


Bongani Kona’s story At your Requiem’ was published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). Bongani is a freelance writer and contributing editor of Chimurenga. His writing has appeared in Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone (South Africa), Sunday Times and other publications.


Lidudumalingani’s short-listed story ‘Memories we Lost’ was published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). Lidudumalingani is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. Lidudumalingani has published short stories, non-fiction and criticism in various publications. 


All the shortlisted stories are available to read on the Caine Prize website


Congrats to all the writers!


Image courtesy of the Caine Prize Website



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