We are excited to announce that “Fisherman Stew” by Jowhor Ile, published in The Sewanee Review (2019) has been shortlisted for the 2020 Caine Prize. He is one of the three Nigerians amongst the five writers shortlisted. The Caine Prize is a £10,000 prize awarded annually for a short story by an African writer published in English.
Jowhor Ile was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. His debut novel, And After Many Days, won the Etisalat Prize in 2016. And After Many Days is a novel of childhood; of the delicate, complex balance of power and love between siblings and the unique ecosystem of a family. It is also a portrait of a society, as the old world gives way to a new status quo.
Jowhor has received fellowships from East Anglia University, UK and Yaddo. He also earned an MFA at Boston University, where he lectured.
Others shortlisted are Chikodili Emelumadu’s “What to do when your child brings home a Mami Wata” published in The Shadow Booth: Vol.2.; Irenosen Okojie’s “Grace Jones” published by Hachette; Rémy Ngamije’s “The Neighbourhood Watch” published in The Johannesburg Review of Books, and “How to Marry An African President” by Erica Sugo published in adda: Commonwealth Stories.
We wish the shortlisted writers the best of luck.