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.
When An Ogre Walks Down the Street in Isele magazine, Dec 2021
The Boys in Lolwe magazine, August 2021
A Blanket of Roaches in Adroit Journal, October 2020.
Black Beauty in Johannesburg Review of Books, October 2020
Girl Games on Granta.com and Bristol Prize Anthology, October 2020
The Wanting in StillPoint Magazine, September 2020
Disassembly in Fireside Quarterly, Summer 2020 and The Year's Best African Speculative Fiction (2021) edited by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
What Girls Want in the Afternoon in Waxwing, Winter 2020
Body in Six Parts in Doek!, Feb 2020
Mathree in Nairobi Noir, Feb 2020
Vashti Refused to Dance in Jalada, Dec 2019
The Man Watching Our House in New Daughters of Africa (anthology), March 2019
Fanta Blackcurrant in Wasafiri, Feb 2017
Girl in Urban Confustions, Jan 2013
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