5 books by Kenyan Ako Caine Prize Winners

Idza Luhumyo is this year’s winner and the 5th Kenyan to win the prize.

On Monday, The Ako Caine Prize for African Writing announced that the winner of the 2022 prize was Kenyan Idza Luhumyo for her short story “Five Years Next Sunday” originally published in the book Disruption: New Short Fiction from Africa.

Idza’s win makes her the fifth Kenyan to win the prize awarded for short stories by African writers published in English.

Okey Ndibe, chair of the 2022 AKO Caine prize judging panel, said “Five Years Next Sunday” was an “incandescent story”, which used “exquisite language” to tell the story of a protagonist “who is both ostracised and yet holds the fate of her community in her hair”.

The book, Disruption: New Short Fiction from Africa,  in which Idza’s short story appears is currently retailing for Ksh. 1,910.69 on Amazon.

Here are more books from Kenyan Ako Caine Prize winners that you can read.

Makena Onjerika (2018)

She won the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story entitled “Fanta Blackcurrant”, published in Wasafiri in 2017.

Her most recent book Equipoise published in 2020 is an anthology series.

Buy: Nuria Online Bookshop Price: KSh. 850


Okwiri Oduor (2014)

She won the 2014 prize for her short story entitled “My Father’s Head” published in Feast, Famine and Potluck (Short Story Day Africa, South Africa, 2013). Okwiri has a new book out called Things They Lost published early this year.

Buy: Soma Nami Bookshop Price: KSh. 2,400

Binyavanga Wainaina (2002)

He won the 2002 prize for his short story “Discovering Home”. He, unfortunately, died of a stroke in 2019. Before his death, Binyavanga published his memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place in 2011.

Buy: Prestige Bookshop Price: KSh. 1,500

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (2003)

She won the prize for her story “Weight of Whispers” published in the Kwani? series. Her novel, The Dragonfly Sea, originally published in 2019 is available for sale.

Buy: Rafu Books Price: KSh. 1,990



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