Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has been awarded by the Swedish Academy as the winner of 2021’s Nobel Prize for Literature.
Upon receiving the news, Mr Gurnah said he was “surprised and humbled” to be awarded the prize. He is now Tanzania’s first-ever Nobel Prize for Literature laureate. The Swedish Academy said he stood out for his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”.
He becomes only the fifth writer from Africa to receive the coveted 10 million Swedish crowns award (roughly US$ 1.14M). He is the first black African author to have won the award since Wole Soyinka in 1986.
“It was such a complete surprise that I really had to wait until I heard it announced before I could believe it.”