Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was the 2003 winner with her story Weight of Whispers from the Kwani-ni? series. She was for some time the Executive Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival, where she organised a Literary Forum in 2004, attended by Baroness Nicholson.
Yvonne was named 'Woman of the Year' by Eve Magazine in Kenya in 2004. She is now looking to increase the amount of time she can devote to writing. In 2010, along with Binyavanga Wainaina, she participated in the Chinua Achebe Center's 'Pilgrimages' project and travelled to Kinshasa last summer, and intends to produce a book about her experiences.
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