Kwani? 01 is the first of a series of annual editions of the Kwani? journal. Kwani? 01 launched a renewed interest in the reading of local literary material by Kenyans and international readers. It showcases various aspects of the creative energies that seemed dormant in Kenya in the 1980s and 1990s, hailing the emergence of a new post- independence generation. Kwani? garnered immediate international interest when one of the stories, Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, won the Caine Prize for African Writing, 2003; the first time a country has won the prize for two consecutive years – Founding Editor Binyavanga Wainaina had won the prize the previous year for his story, Discovering Home.
Featured writers include Muthoni wa Gatumo, Binyavanga Wainaina, Muthoni Garland, Parselelo Kantai, Xujun Eberlin, Keith Pierson and Richard Onyango.
Listen to VAIN JANGO LETTER, a story from this edition, here