Conflict & Justice

Nigerian-American Author Tope Folarin Wins Caine Prize for 'Miracle'


Tope Folarin (Photo: BBC)

This year's Caine Prize for African Writing has been awarded to a Nigerian-American, Tope Folarin, for his short story, "Miracle." It's the first time the literary prize has been given to an African writer living outside of Africa.

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"Miracle" is set in a Nigerian evangelical church in north Texas and tells the story of a young Nigerian-American who experiences both the power of faith and the power of deceit when a visiting pastor cum prophet visits his congregation to perform a miracle.

Marco Werman speaks with Tope Folarin about his story and about being part of the Nigerian diaspora.