LONDON – Kenyan author Idza Luhumyo has been announced as the winner of the annual Caine Prize for African Writing for her “incandescent” story Five Years Next Sunday.
The story first appeared in a book called Disruption, which was the theme of Short Story Day Africa.
Okey Ndibe, president of the jury for the 2022 AKO Caine Award, said Five Years Next Sunday is a complimentary tale that uses “exquisite language” to tell the story of a protagonist “who is both ostracized and whose fate wears communion in its hair”.
The Caine Prize for African Writing is one of the most prestigious short story writing competitions in the world and the winner receives £10,000.
Luhumyo was the third author to work with Short Story Day Africa to win this incredible award.
She is the fifth Kenyan author to win the Caine Prize, after Binyavanga Wainaina (2002), Yvonne Owuor (2003), Okwiri Oduor (2014) and Makena Onjerika (2018).
Luhumyo’s story will be published by Cassava Republic Press in the 2022 AKO Caine Prize anthology later this year.