Elnathan John, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Chinelo Okparanta, Tope Folarin and Pede Hollist
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Caine Prize finalists on why they write

Shortly before Nigeria's Tope Folarin was announced the winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, he and the four other short-listed writers told BBC Africa more about their stories.

From 96 entries from 16 African countries, the judges of the £10,000 ($15,000) prize chose five finalists, four of them from Nigeria and one from Sierra Leone.

The writers - from left to write: Nigerians Elnathan John ('Bayan Layi'), Abubakar Adam Ibrahim ('The Whispering'), Chinelo Okparanta ('America') and Tope Folarin ('Miracle'), and Sierra Leonean Pede Hollist ('Foreign Aid') - told BBC Africa's Paul Bakibinga more about their stories and why they write.

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  • 09 Jul 2013
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