Tanzanian writer, Abdulrazak Gurnah has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

According to the Swedish Academy, the award was in recognition of his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism” and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.

The novelist has to his credit, novels like Paradise, which was shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prize; Desertion; and By the Sea, which was longlisted for the Booker and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and over $1.14 million.