A few months back we reported Oyinkan Braithwaite amongst two other Nigerian authors: Akwaeke Emezi, and Diana Evans as part of the sixteen authors long-listed for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Braithwaite who has become a literary sensation all thanks to her best-selling debut novel, ‘My Sister, The Serial Killer‘ which can be described as a “morbidly funny slashfest”, has been shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Fiction.
She competes against previous winner Madeline Miller and 2018 Man Booker Prize winner Anna Burns for the prestigious award.
My Sister, The Serial Killer is about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a “very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.”It shows the dark and funny relationship between a murderous yet glamorous Lagosian fashion designer and her responsible older sister, always ready with bleach and rubber gloves. Braithwaite didn’t want to write the great Nigerian novel, rejecting the idea that there is a single Nigerian story, instead she opted to have fun with her imagination.