Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story My Father’s Head. Described as “Joycean in its reach,” the Kenyan author’s short story My Father’s Head is named winner of £10,000 award.
Described as “an uplifting story about mourning,” Nairobi-born Oduor’s 2013 work begins with the narrator’s attempts to remember what her father’s face looked like as she struggles to cope with his loss, and follows her as she finds the courage to remember.
She originally trained as a lawyer, but told Newsday’s Alan Kasujja ‘I’d rather be a poor writer than a rich lawyer’. In this interview she talks about how she started writing, expectations from her parents, monetary gains, what she is going to write about next, grieving and much more.
You can read Okwiri Oduor’s My Father’s Head Here and listen to her interview with BBC below: