The Man Watching Our House – For Books’ Sake

‘She sliced through the sharp smell of kerosene hanging over our heads and transported us back home to Meru, to a green, wet morning, pregnant with the medicinal smell of the Eucalyptus trees.’

‘The Man Watching Our House by Makena Onjerika, one of the short stories in New Daughters of Africa, was featured on For Books’ Sake this week, read in full now. 

Makena Onjerika won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2018. She teaches writing at the Nairobi Fiction Writing Workshop and is currently working on a fantasy novel and a short story collection around the lives of girls and women in Nairobi.