Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Kenya. She won the 2003 Caine Prize and is a past recipient of a Chevening Scholarship and an Iowa Writers' Fellowship. She was named Woman of the Year (Arts Category) by Eve magazine in Kenya in 2004 for her contribution to the country's literature and arts. From 2003 to 2005, she was the executive director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival, and she has also been a TEDx Nairobi speaker and a Lannan Foundation resident.


    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published a collection of poems in 1997 (Decisions) and a play (For Love of Biafra) in 1998. She was shortlisted in 2002 for The Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story You in America. In 2003, her story That Harmattan Morning was selected as joint winner of the BBC Short Story Awards, and she won the O. Henry Prize for The American Embassy. She also won the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award), for Half of a Yellow Sun, her second novel.


    Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbiis the Winner of the Kwani? Manuscipt Project, our one-off prize for unpublished novel manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the diaspora, launched in April 2012. She is an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University where she completed a PhD in Creative Writing. She was born in Uganda and moved to the UK in 2001 to study for an MA. She lives in Manchester with her husband Damian and son, Jordan. Her work has been published by African Writing Online and Commonword.


    Saah Millimono was awarded 2nd place in the Kwani? Manuscipt Project, our one-off prize for unpublished novel manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the diaspora, launched in April 2012. He was born in 1981 and is a graduate of St. Michael’s Catholic High School in Monrovia, Liberia. He worked for 6 years as a freelance fiction writer for the Liberian Observer Corporation and in 2009 won the Short Fiction Prize of the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings.


    Timothy Kiprop Kimutai was awarded 2nd place in the Kwani? Manuscipt Project, our one-off literary prize for unpublished novel manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the diaspora, launched in April 2012.  He is 27 years old and interested in finding an audience for his stories. He participates in creative writing workshops with Amka Space, a writing forum provided by Goethe-Institut  in Nairobi.  His winning novel The Water Spirits will be published by Kwani Trust in 2014.


    Ellah Allfrey is the Series Editor of the Kwani? Manuscipt Project, launched in April 2012 and calling for the submission of unpublished novel manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the diaspora. Previously, Allfrey was the Deputy Editor of Granta. Before joining Granta, she was Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House. She sits on the board of the Writers’ Centre Norwich and is Deputy Chair of the Council of the Caine Prize and a patron of the new Etisalat Prize for Literature.


    Billy Kahora is Managing Editor of Kwani Trust and has edited 7 issues of the Kwani? journal and other Kwani Trust publications including 24Nairobi and Kenya Burning. He is also an Associate Editor with the Chimurenga Chronic. Billy is a past recipient of the Chevening Scholarship and an Iowa Writer’s Fellowship. He has an MSc in Creative Writing from University of Edinburgh, UK and a BJournalism from Rhodes University, South Africa. He was a judge of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.


    Binyavanga Wainaina is the founding editor of Kwani?. He is a travel writer, essayist, award winning fiction writer and journalist, and one of Africa's most dynamic literary voices. He was previously the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College in New York and as travel writer, has written for The New York Times, National Geographic, Vanity Fair (US), The Mail and Guardian (SA), The East African, among other publications.

  • About Kwani Trust : 2003 to Present

    Founded by some of Kenya’s most notable contemporary writers including Binyavanga Wainaina and Parselelo Kantai, Kwani Trust is a Kenyan based literary network dedicated to developing quality creative writing and the growth of the creative industry through the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing, offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks. Our vision is to create a society that uses its stories to see itself more coherently.. Read more

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  • Kwani Trust: 2014 & Beyond

    Time: 10.30am
    By Invitation only

    Cocktail Reception for Chimamanda Adichie with Nigeria High Commission

    Time: 7.00pm
    By invitation only

  • Kwani? Inaugural Annual Lectures I & II

    Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
    Venue: Room 014, Kenyatta University

    10th Year Anniversary Benefit Gala

    Time: 7.30pm
    Venue: Westhouse
    Ticketed at Ksh 5,000

  • Kwani? 10th Anniversary Inaugural Lecture III

    Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
    Venue: 844 Building, University of Nairobi

    10th Year Anniversary Party

    Time: 7.30pm
    Venue: Marshall’s Warehouse

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