Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ

Acclaimed Novelist & Short Story Writer

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“A taut, smart international thriller that seems all too credible, with a protagonist who feels like a friend. An exciting new voice from Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ.” –Tananarive Due

“Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ explores a timely issue from a unique perspective.” –Booklist

Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ is the author of the novels The Fall of Saints (Atria Books, 2014) and Seasons in Hippoland (Seagull Books, 2021). She is the recipient of the The Bronze Panther Prize, 2014, from the Villa Karo Foundation “for greatly enhancing the mutual understanding between different cultures and reduced biases between peoples.”

About Seasons in Hippoland, Ms. Magazine said: “Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ tells an incandescent tale of Mumbi, sent to live in Hippoland as a child. Once grown, Mumbi returns to her homeland to relate a magical story that challenges their understanding and imagination.” Foreward Reviews also observed: “Part fairy tale, part political parable, Seasons in Hippoland is a powerful novel whose women are resilient and creative in the face of oppression.”

Her short stories and non-fiction essays have appeared in the anthologies Nairobi Noir (Akashic Books, 2020), Houston Noir (Akashic Books, 2019), and the magazines New Daughters of Africa, The Barelife Review, St. Petersburg Review, Wasafiri Magazine, Auburn Avenue, Cunning Folk Magazine, Chimurenga amongst others. Her short story “Father Matheri” was runner up for best story for the Africa Book Club Magazine, 2015.

She is the founder and former director of the Helsinki African Film Festival (HAFF), Finland. She was also a columnist for the Finnish development magazine Maailman Kuvalehti and served as a juror for the CinenAfrica Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden in 2011-2013.

She has a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Georgia State University, an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. She is a Faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) MFA in Writing.

She lives in Atlanta, GA.

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