Okwiri-oduor-caine-prize-review-father-head-e1399954921586Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story My Father’s Head.

The Nairobi born author is the latest exemplary personality to put Kenya on the international map. Her 2013 short story has been described as an uplifting story about mourning. Oduor’s 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 was presented with the prize at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday.

“Okwiri Oduor is a writer we are all really excited to have discovered,” said Scottish author and chief judge Jackie Kay, adding, “My Father’s Head’ is an uplifting story about mourning – Joycean in its reach. She exercises an extraordinary amount of control and yet the story is subtle, tender and moving. It is a story you want to return to the minute you finish it.”

The Caine Prize is named after the late Sir Michael Caine, former chairman of the Booker Prize management committee and comes with a cash prize of £10,000.

Congratulations are in order.