Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional


  • 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
  • 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
  • 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
  • Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK  Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week

Commonwealth Writers has announced a shortlist of 22 for this years short story prize and I'm elated that we have two Kenyans on this shortlist. This year a record-breaking 4000 entries were submitted.

Kenyan Alexander Ikawah is second time lucky having previously been short-listed a couple of years ago. Below is the shortlist:

- Aadi v The World (United Kingdom) - Rachel Stevension

- April with Oyundi (Kenya) - Alexander Ikawah

- Cindy's Class (Jamaica) - Alecia McKenzie

- Corrango (Australia) - Jennifer Mills

- Famished Eels (Fiji) - Mary Rokanadravu

- How to Pronounce Knife (Canada) - Souvankham Thammavongsa

- Left (South Africa) - Jayne Bauling

- Legs of Thunder (South Africa) - Fred Khumalo

- Light (Nigeria) - Lesley Nneka Arimah

- Madness (Trinidad and Tobago) - Toodesh Ramesar

- Novostrioka (Canada) - Maria Reva

- Old Honey (Australia) - Jessica White

- Pilgrimage (Canada) - Amina Farah

- Since we Never Met (New Zealand) - Steve Charters

- Tatoo (Australia) - Susan Yardley

- The Death of Valley (India) - Meenakshi Gautam Chaturverdi

- The Human Phonograph (United Kingdom) - Jonathan Tel

- The Itch (Kenya) - Muthoni wa Gichuru

- The King of Settlement 4 (Tobago and Trinidad) - Kevin Jared Hosein

- The Umbrella Man (India) - Siddharta Gigoo

- This is How the Ecosystem Works (India) - Shahnaz Habib

- Zoe (Trinidad and Tobago) - Darren Doyle

Congratulations to all the nominees. More on the Commonwealth website:



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