Dele Meiji is the administrator of the Caine Prize for African Writing starting from June 1, 2018.
Formerly Head of Communications at the Royal African Society, Dele will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Caine Prize, liaising with trustees, writers and key partners in Africa, the UK and the US. Working with publishers, schools, and literary and cultural organisations in Africa and around the world, Dele will play an important role in the efforts of the Caine Prize to promote contemporary African literature and African writers, and to develop emerging literary talent on the continent.
Chair of the Caine Prize, Dr Delia Jarrett-Macauley, said: “I am delighted that Dele will be joining the Caine Prize. He brings huge administrative experience, having served at a senior level in communications at the Royal African Society. He has also been involved in human rights and contemporary African literature programmes for a number of years, and this insight will be a great asset to the Caine Prize as we continue to highlight and celebrate the diversity of African writing.”
Commenting on his appointment, Dele said: “I am honoured to be joining the Caine Prize, a wonderful and vital part of the ecosystem supporting African literature and cultural production in Africa and around the world. I’m looking forward to joining the team and working with the Chair, the Board of Trustees, Council members, and our partners to promote the growth of the vibrant African literary sector we have today.”
Dele, who has previously worked on projects with the British Council, as well as with Africa-focused publishers and magazines, will be in-post ahead of this year’s Caine Prize Award Dinner, held for the second time in partnership with SOAS, University of London. The winner will be announced at the ceremony on 2 July, with a live stream to be made available online.