Morehouse College alumnus Tope Folarin was recently awarded a Caine Prize, widely regarded as the top literary prize among all African nations. Folarin, a Nigerian American and former Rhodes Scholar, earned the prize for his short story Miracle, a story detailing faith and nationalism through the eyes of a child.
I’m a writer situated in the Nigerian diaspora, and the Caine prize means a lot – it feels like I’m connected to a long tradition of African writers. The Caine prize is broadening its definition and scope. I consider myself Nigerian and American, both identities are integral to who I am. To win … feels like a seal of approval,” Folarin said.