Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika has won the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “Fanta Blackcurrant”, beating four other finalists.
The prize comes with a £10,000 award.
The story was published in Wasafiri in 2017.
Makena was announced the winner at an award dinner on Monday 2 July by Dinaw Mengestu, the chairman of the judges.
Makena is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing programme at New York University, and has been published in Urban Confusions and Wasafiri. She lives in Nairobi and is currently working on a fantasy novel.
The shortlist was announced in May and included four other finalists: Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria), Stacy Hardy (South Africa), Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) and Wole Talabi (Nigeria).
Sudanese writer and poet Bushra al-Fadil won the 2017 award for his short story titled “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away”.
Other winners in the past seven competitions are: South Africa’s Lidudumalingani (2016), Zambia’s Namwali Serpell (2015), Kenya’s Okwiri Oduor (2014), Nigeria’s Tope Folarin (2013), Nigeria’s Rotimi Babatunde (2012), Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo (2011) and Sierra Leone’s Olufemi Terry (2010).