Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, who was on the 2013 Caine Prize shortlist, is distinctive in the beauty of his spirit, a quality that is translated in his prose. In this post, he pays his respects to his fans, to his peers and to the prizewinner, Tope Folarin, and turns out a note of striking empathy and humanity. I bow to you too, my friend.
Dear friends, old and new,
Dear fellow travelers on this gilded path
The last few weeks have been amazing and the warm cascades of support and goodwill have astounded me. And on the saddle of your encouragement, I have journeyed this far. And so I bow this day before you and say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I came here, to this sunny London, with an old friend and made some totally amazing new ones. And I wish I could say that Tope Folarin is a jerk and doesn’t deserve the Caine Prize. But he is such an awesome dude (And I use that “Americanism” deliberately) He really is. And to him I say congratulations. Pede Hollist is a fine gentleman whom I really like and respect, and his wife is such a wonderful woman. Chinelo Okparanta is so sweet; you just have to like her. And of course…
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