Adhiambo Owuor won the fourth Caine Prize for African writing in July
2003 as writer, teacher and fabric designer Rebeka Njau, paediatrician
Margaret Ogolla, journalist Martha Mbuguss and playwright Wahome Mutahi
released new titles.
The were The sacred Seed (Njau), I swear by Apollo (Dr Ogolla), The dream
Merchants (Mutahi) and Mbuguss (A date with Jesus).
Owuor won the US$15000 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story,”
Weight of Whispers."
This is the second time a Kenyan had won this prestigious literary prize.
Binyavanga Wainaina, another Kenyan, had won the prize in 2002 for ‘Discovering
Home’, a story published in G21Net of South Africa.
The Department of Literature of the University of Nairobi launched Yusuf
Dawood Prize, an annual award for their best undergraduate student in
Named after one of Kenya's prolific writers, Sunday Nation columnist Dr
Dawood, the award comes with Sh5000 (US$62.5) in cash and a Sh2000 (US$25)
Subject to availability of funds, the university has pledged other prizes
to start-jump the country’s creative writing.