Is the Caine Prize Controversy Overblown?


Last week, we wrote about the imbroglio surrounding Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s dismissive remarks about the prestigious Caine Prize: “I haven’t even read the stories—I’m just not very interested,” she said in an interview. “I don’t go to the Caine Prize to look for the best in African fiction.”

But does Adichie really deserve all that controversy? Or has the explosive reaction proceeded along gendered lines?

Zinzi Clemmons, managing editor of Apogee Journal, argues that Adichie’s comments were actually a good thing.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →