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[Zukiswa Wanner] 

Moi University African Cluster Centre will host Zukiswa Wanner as Local Artist in Residence for four months beginning in September 2022. During the residency the award-winning novelist will mentor emerging writers and organize writing workshops and seminars. She will also be working on her latest novel.


Zukiswa Wanner is a South African writer, editor, and publisher born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe and currently based in Kenya but who considers the whole African continent her home. Her debut novel, The Madams (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 K.Sello Duiker Award in 2007. Her third novel Men of the South (2010) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book 2011 and the Herman Charles Bosman Award.
In 2014, she was named on the Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature.
In 2015, she won the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award for London Cape Town Joburg (2014).
In 2016, she was a Danish International Visiting Artist (DIVA) hosted by World Wide Words.
In 2018, she was a fellow at the University of Johannesburg’s Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS).
In 2020, she was awarded the Goethe Medal alongside Ian McEwan and Elvira Espejo Ayca, making Wanner the first African woman to win the award.

Zukiswa Wanner is joining two other scholars from the University of Lagos African Cluster Centre who are on a four-month research fellowship at the Moi-ACC. These are Patrick Oloko (Associate Professor, Literature and Cultural Studies) and Dr. Abisoye Eleshin (African languages, Linguistics and Culture).