Writers & Editors

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

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

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. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005). Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named after the flag of the short-lived nation of Biafra, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and adapted into a film by the same name, released in 2013. Her third book, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), is a collection of short stories. In 2010 she was listed among the authors of The New Yorker’s "20 Under 40" Fiction Issue. In 2013 she released her third novel, Americanah, published in East Africa by Kwani Trust in November 2013. 

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is 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 Manuscipt Project, our one-off prize for unpublished novel manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the diaspora, launched in April 2012.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. She also runs the African reading group, ARG!, in Manchester which focuses on obscure African writers. She is currently working on her second novel, and her winning novel Kintu (submitted as The Kintu Saga) will be published by Kwani Trust in 2014.

Saah Millimono

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. His debut novel will be published by Kwani Trust in 2014.

Timothy Kiprop Kimutai

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 Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is the Series Editor 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 the former deputy editor of Granta magazine and began her career at Penguin before joining Jonathan Cape, Random House where she was senior editor. She currently works as a book critic, editor and broadcaster. A regular contributor to NPR, her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer and the Telegraph. She sits on the board of the Writers’ Centre Norwich and the arts selection panel for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. As well as serving as deputy Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing, she is a patron of the Etisalat Literature Prize. She has served on numerous judging panels including the David Cohen Prize, the Caine Prize for African Writing and the BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature. Her introduction to Woman of the Aeroplanes by Kojo Laing (Pearson, African Writers Series) was published in 2012. A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Allfrey was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to the publishing industry.

Billy Kahora

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. He is also a judge of the new Etisalat Prize For Literature based in Nigeria.   He has written a non-fiction novella The True Story Of David Munyakei and his work has appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online and Vanity Fair. He wrote the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life. He was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges for his story Treadmill Love and his story Urban Zoning was shortlisted for the prize in 2012. He is working on a novel titled The Applications.

Binyavanga Wainaina

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. His short story, Discovering Home, won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing and his landmark essay, How to Write about Africa has been translated into twenty languages and is studied in universities and schools around the world as a foundational text about the perception of Africa in the west. His memoir, One Day I Will Write about This Place was published in 2011 by Graywolf Press in the US, Granta in the UK and Kwani Trust in East Africa.


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  • Wednesday
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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

  • Download programme here