Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor dazzles at TEDxEuston

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is probably one of my favourite writers to come to the African literature scene in the last decade or so. The Kenyan burst onto the scene winning the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story Weight of Whispers. The story was about an aristocratic Rwandan refugee who is displaced by the genocide in his home country and ends working in a very unpleasant job in Nairobi. It’s probably one of the best stories I have ever read.

She followed this up with Dust in 2014 which is considered a very important book in Kenya with her in the running for the Folio Prize and other things . My heart also highly regards the novel if my review is to be believed.

The writer who was named “Woman of the Year” by Eve Magazine in Kenya in 2004 for her contribution to Kenya’s literature and arts was the speaker at TEDxEuston yesterday and the was some decent (actually great but I’m being modest on her behalf) with Chikwe Ihekweazu describing it as “sheer poetry!” The blogger goes to state that, @She dropped many memorable lines, including this which takes a swipe at the “Bonoesque” brand of charity’: “We complete you “they” imply in songs that obliterated our voices”. “

You can watch the video and make your own judgement whether modest or hugely enthusiastic here.

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