South African Writer Lidudu Malingani, Wins the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing.

Dayo Fasasi,

 

The Caine Prize, is described as Africa’s leading literary award, for African writers. Lindudu Malingani’s short story entitled ‘Memories We Lost’ published incredible Journey: Stories That Move You in 2015, won him the prize, our correspondent learnt.

Lidudu Malingani, a writer, filmmaker and photographer from Zikhovane, Eastern South Africa has published short stories, non-fiction and criticism in various publications.

The Chairman of Judges, Delia Jarrett-Macauley,  announced Lidudu Malingani, as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held in London.

Delia, lauded ,Lidudu Malingani,s work, stating “The winning story explores a difficult subject – how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia. this is a troubling piece, depicting the great love between two young siblings in a beautifully drawn Eastern Cape. Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists”.

The ‘Memories We Lost’ tells the emotionally charged story of a girl who acts as protector of her sister, whose serious mental-health problems cause consternation in a South African village. Her situation deteriorates as her care is entrusted to Nkunzi, a local man who employs traditional techniques to rid people of their demons.

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