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Zimbabwe's professor claims African literary prize

HONOURED: Cornell University graduate and English lecturer NoViolet Bulawayo has won a prize celebrating African writing

AUTHOR NOVIOLET Bulawayo has been named the winner of a literary accolade dubbed the African Booker prize.

Zimbabwe-born English lecturer NoViolet Bulawayo impressed judges of the Caine Prize for African writing with her short story Hitting Budapest , first published in the Boston Review last December.

Respected Libyan author Hisham Matar, the chair of judges, said: "The language of Hitting Budapest crackles. Here we encounter Darling, Bastard, Chipo, Godknows, Stina and Sbho, a gang reminiscent of Clockwork Orange. But these are children, poor and violated and hungry.

"This is a story with moral power and weight; it has the artistry to refrain from moral commentary. NoViolet Bulawayo is a writer who takes delight in language."

Bulawayo has won a £10,000 cash prize in support of her writing,

The Cornell University graduate turned lecturer has already started penning her first novel and also plans to publish her memoirs.

The award was named after the late Sir Michael Harris Caine, a longstanding chairman of the Booker Prize, who dreamt of setting up a prize bringing African stories to the mainstream.

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