By staff – Dec 23, 2016

Picking the baton from our favorite yesteryears writers, here is a couple of literary writers who have been gaining international recognition and acclaim for their writing in the last decade.

- Despite the many recent controversies surrounding Binyavanga Wainaina, he is undoubtedly a great Kenyan writer.  Binyavanga is founding editor of Kwani? Trust, a hub helping nurture young African creative writers. He is also the author of One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir, a 2011 New York Times notable book. He is also the author of How to Write About Africa.

yvonne-adhiambo-owuor Yvonne Adhiambo Awuor is a fiction writer who won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “Weight of Whispers” published on  Kwani?. She is also the author of Dust, which won the prestigious Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature awarded every two years by the Kenya Publishers’ Association. “Dust” was also listed as a  Washington Post Notable Book. Her other short stories include “My Mother, My Muse”, “Trial of Terremotto”,“The Knife Grinder’s tale, The State of Tides”, “Dressing the Dirge”.

mukoma-ngugi Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University and the son of renowned Kenyan novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. He has also authored a number of fiction novels including Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and a book of poetry, Hurling Words at Consciousness. He was shortlisted for the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing and 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing.

Okwri Oduor.jpgOkwiri Oduor was the the 2014 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story entitled My Father’s Head (see review also). She is also the author of The Dream Chasers, The Red Bindi on Diwali.”


1. Read more about Kenyan Born Warsan Shire in this New York Times article titled “Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade”

2. Five Kenyan writers you should be reading – By Faith Linyonyi on

3. Ciku Kameria’s book,Of goats and poisoned oranges”, receives rave reviews on Amazon.

4. Kiprop Kimutai is the author of “The Water Spirits” and the “Gentleman from Iten“. You can read some of Kimutai’s works on Jalada Africa where he is an editor.

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