by Stanley Kenani In ‘Love on Trial,’ a village in Malawi becomes the epicenter of a media storm as a young man defends himself against the country’s anti-gay laws. Stanley Kenani’s ‘Love on Trial’ is one of five stories shortlisted for this year’s Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary award, now in its thirteenth year.
Lapani Kachingwe’s popularity has soared. He has always been popular because of his love for strong drink. But from the time he stumbled upon two young men in a toilet, his fame has reached levels he never imagined. In principle his story is for free, whether he is sober or drunk, but in practice if you want to get down to the finest details, ‘the juiciest parts’ as he calls them, you have to buy him a tot of kachasu, the spirit distilled at Mr Nashoni’s Village Entertainment Centre on the outskirts of Chipiri village.
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Stanley Kenani: Born in 1976, Stanley Onjezani Kenani is a writer from Malawi. Love on Trial is one of the short stories in his debut collection, For Honour and other stories, published in 2011 by Random House Struik in South Africa. In 2007, he was second runner-up in the HSBC-SA PEN award, judged by JM Coetzee, for the title story of his collection, which was also shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2008. A poet who is also an accountant, Kenani lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently finalizing his debut novel, Drama Republic.