South African writer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi wins 2016 Caine Prize

South African writer, photographer, and filmmaker Lidumalingani Mqombothi has been awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost. The story about two sisters – one of whom is schizophrenic – interrogates some of the traditional beliefs and methods used to tackle the mental illness. Mqombothi has received the prestigious award at a dinner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. With this, Lidudumalingani was awarded 10000 Euros and a month at Georgetown University in the US as a writer-in-residence.

He will also be invited to speak at the Library of Congress and receive invitations to take part in Cape Town’s Open Book Festival, Nairobi’s Storymoja and Nigeria’s Ake Festival. The Caine Prize, also referred as the African Booker is an annual literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in the English language. It was established in 2010 in the United Kingdom and was named in memory of Sir Michael Harris Caine, former Chairman of Booker Group plc. 

So let’s discuss some questions related to this post :
1. Name the person who has won the 2016 Caine prize?
2. The writer, photographer, and filmmaker Lidumalingani Mqombothi is from which country and also name the short story for which she has won the 2016 Caine prize?

Courtesy: BBC News


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