Jennifer Makumbi and Okwiri Oduor
The Literary Crossroads
Series brings together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature. The June session will host two of East Africa’s most promising award-winning authors – Jennifer Makumbi from Uganda and Okwiri Oduor from Kenya.
Jennifer is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. Her novel, Kintu
, won the Kwani Manuscript Project
in 2013. It was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize
2014. Her short story, ‘Lets Tell This Story Properly’ won the regional (Africa) and overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Okwiri won the Caine Prize for African Writing
in 2014 for her short story called ‘My Father’s Head.’ In April 2014 she was named on the Hay Festival’s Africa39
list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature.