2018 Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing
Makena was awarded the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Bristol Prize and was a nominee for the 2020 Best of the Net Awards.
Following her Caine Prize win, she founded the Nairobi Writing Academy where she teaches the craft of fiction to new and emerging writers and collaborates with other writers to teach other forms of creative writing.
The Boys in Lolwe magazine, August 2021
The Brother, forthcoming in Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (2021 edition)
in Adroit Journal, October 2020.
in Johannesburg Review of Books, October 2020
on Granta.com and Bristol Prize Anthology, October 2020
in StillPoint Magazine, September 2020
in Fireside Quarterly, Summer 2020 and The Year's Best African Speculative Fiction (2021) edited by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
in Waxwing, Winter 2020
in Doek!, Feb 2020
in Jalada, Dec 2019
The Man Watching Our House in New Daughters of Africa (anthology), March 2019
in Wasafiri, Feb 2017
in Urban Confustions, Jan 2013
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