The Caine Prize Winner 2019 : Lesley Nneka Arimah


Founded in 2000, The Caine Prize for African Writing is a prestigious award whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience. The annual literary awards english speaking African authors published in Africa and elsewhere.

This year, the five-writer shortlist, featuring stories that tackle “the ordinary in an extraordinary manner” and celebrate the diversity of the African short-story writing tradition. The shortlist includes authors from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria, was announced by this year’s Chair of judges, Kenyan author Dr Peter Kimani.

This year, Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing - often described as Africa's leading literary award. Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for ‘Skinned’, published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 53 (2018).



Moss is a literary festival, launched in October 2016, offering a library of more than 3,000 books available for consultation through a membership. Every year, six to seven literary meetings are organised and attended by about eighty people. MOSS also hosts talks through the association “Lire à Douala”.