Okwiri Oduor

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Okwiri Oduor (born 1988/1989) is a Kenyan writer, who won the 2014 Caine Prize.[1] 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,[2][3] with her story "Rag Doll" being included in the subsequent anthology edited by Ellah Allfrey, Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara.[4]


She was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Her novella The Dream Chasers was highly commended in the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize.[5] Her short story "My Father's Head" won her the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing, making her the third Kenyan winner of the prize after Binyavanga Wainaina in 2002 and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor in 2003. Oduor is a 2014 MacDowell Colony fellow.[6] She is writing a novel.[5][7]


  1. ^ "Okwiri Oduor wins fifteenth Caine Prize for African Writing". The Caine Prize for African Writing. July 14, 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Africa39 Authors' biographies" (PDF). Hay Festival. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Spotlight: Okwiri Oduor", Africa39 Blog.
  4. ^ "Reading the Africa39 Anthology: 'Rag Doll' by Okwiri Oduor", Africa39 Blog.
  5. ^ a b "Hay Festival". Hayfestival.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ Lee, Felicia R. (15 July 2014). "Okwiri Oduor Wins Caine Prize for African Writing". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  7. ^ Enjoli Liston (14 July 2014). "Okwiri Oduor wins 2014 Caine Prize for African writing". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

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