Caine Prize 2023: Senegalese married couple win African writing award

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Mame Diene and Woppa Diallo are the first duo to win the prestigious Caine Prize for African writing.

The award for a short story by an African writer published in English had a record-breaking 297 entries from 28 different countriesSenegalese writing duo Mame Bougouma Diene and Woppa Diallo have won this years prestigious Caine Prize for African writing, making it the first time a pair has won the award.

It was praised for its deep storytelling and ability to celebrate love while also addressing pressing global issues. They met when Diene was visiting a shelter in northern Senegal where Woppa was speaking about her advocacy against gender-based violence. "You win this prize then you're back at the hotel changing diapers and prepare baby bottles - it's a great reality check. It keeps you humble."The couple says they hope their daughter grows up knowing that what matters in life is passion.

 

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