Ellah Allfrey on being a Caine Prize judge

"But how can one prize possibly claim to assess the literary output of a continent of over 991 million people and its diaspora? Is there any such thing as an "African writer"? Does the very existence of the prize encourage a continued inclination to ghettoisation of these writers and their work? Surely we've come far enough that Africans no longer need (if they ever have) the special consideration this categorisation implies?"



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