Billy Kahora (1998)

Kwani? Managing editor Billy Kahora has been shortlisted for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing . The 13th Caine Prize shortlist was announced by Ben Okri OBE, the new vice president of the Prize.  Billy has a Bachelor of Journalism degree and post-graduate diploma in Media Studies from Rhodes University. His short story, Treadmill Love, was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges. He edited Kenya Burning, a visual narrative of the Kenya post-elections crisis published by the GoDown Arts Centre and Kwani Trust in March 2009.   His extended feature, The True Story of David Munyakei on Kenya’s biggest  whistleblower has been developed into a non-fiction novella and released by Kwani Trust in July 2009. Billy was a regional judge for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.  The Caine Prize competition is open to writers from anywhere in Africa for work published in English. Its focus is on the short story, as reflecting the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.

Source:  The Star