Namwali Serpell
Namwali Serpell

(BBC) – US-based Zambian writer Namwali Serpell has promised to share her winnings in the Caine Prize for African Writing with the runners up.

She received the £10,000 ($15,600) prize for her short story The Sack.

The judges described it as “innovative, stylistically stunning, haunting and enigmatic”.

Ms Serpell was among five writers short-listed for the prize, regarded as Africa’s leading literary award.

Two South Africans and two Nigerians were also shortlisted for the prize – Masande Ntshanga for Space, FT Kola for A Party for the Colonel, Elnathan John for Flying and Segun Afolabi for The Folded Leaf.

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