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Friday, July 6, 2012

Prestigious African Writing Award

Nigeria's Rotimi Babatunde wins Caine writing prize

Rotimi Babatunde Rotimi Babatunde, who lives in Ibadan, also wins a month's writer-in-residence at a US university

Nigerian writer Rotimi Babatunde has won this year's prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.

The £10,000 ($15,700) prize was given for his story Bombay's Republic about Nigerian soldiers who fought in the Burma campaign during World War II.

"It is about liberation and how a character can have his world widened," Mr Babatunde told the BBC.

He was among five writers short-listed for the prize, regarded as Africa's leading literary award.

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