Hours after Abdulrazak was declared by the Norwegian committee as winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Prof. Gurnah revealed his award is for all Africans and the Africa.
Prof. Abdulrazak, a novelist who wrote many books and still continue to write was eulogized by The Nobel Prize Committee “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents” the statement read.
Mr. Gurnah expressed his joy and appreciation to the committee. Speaking to BBC, Prof. Abdulrazak said he thought the call from The Nobel Prize Committee was a scam. “I was making a cup of tea and I thought it was a scam call.
“First I thought it was one of those scam calls. It took me a little while to be persuaded. It actually took a while until I head it on the Swedish Academy website. After that I was overwhelmed and delighted” he told BBC
He continued “but at least for me I don’t say I’m doing this because I want something. So I write the best and leave it to let this thing do its work” he said
Abdulrazak Gurnah is a Tanzanian novelist. He has become first African to win the award since Toni Morrison in 1993.
Prof. Abdulrazak Gurnah published 10 Novels and short stories.