The Caine Prize for African Writing, Africa’s leading literary award, has today (26 April) announced two new appointments.
Ben Okri OBE, the internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer and winner of the 1991 Booker Prize has been announced as the new Vice President of the Caine Prize. Ben Okri is a long time friend of the Prize and the late Sir Michael Caine. Ellah Allfrey, who is deputy Editor of Granta magazine and was awarded an OBE for her services to publishing last year, is the new Deputy Chair.
Chairman of the Council of the Prize Jonathan Taylor CBE stated, “I warmly welcome these two important appointments. Ben was in at the beginning and has been associated with the prize for 13 years; he is one of the giants of African literature. Ellah with her distinguished involvement in publishing and literary fiction will bring a further important international dimension to the Prize.”
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