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.