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Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has won a prestigious prize for her story about a parallel universe where single women go naked until they are married. Arimah told the BBC its underlying message was to show the disparity in the treatment of married and unmarried women in Nigeria. The judges said it was "unique retake of women's struggle for inclusion". Skinned follows the fortunes of Ejem, who comes from a culture where girls must remove their clothing at a certain age and go naked until they are claimed by a husband.

Arimah, who born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria, told the BBC's Newsday programme that she was inspired by a conversation with a friend about how marriage in Nigeria "gives unconventional women cover to be themselves". The Caine Prize was launched in and is awarded annually to an African writer of a short story published in English. The only people who could get away with keeping their daughters covered for long were the wealthy, who often managed it until the girls could secure wife-cloth.

The 'ironic' question of Nigerian writing. Why black sci-fi 'can't be ignored'. Africa Today podcasts. Caine Prize for African Writing. Image source, Caine Prize. When she got married everything that was strange about her was suddenly OK". You may also like:. The 'ironic' question of Nigerian writing Afro-futurism: Why black sci-fi 'can't be ignored' What is 'black joy' and why do we need it in our lives? This is an short extract from Skinned:. Related Topics. Literature Nigeria. More on this story. Published 29 January Published 7 May Around the BBC.

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