• Categories: Literature
  • Gender: Female
  • Birth Country: Uganda
Monica Arac de Nyeko
Monica Arac de Nyeko is a Ugandan writer of short fiction, poetry, and essays, living in Nairobi. In 2007 she became the first Ugandan to win the Caine Prize for African Writing, with her story "Jambula Tree". She had previously been shortlisted for the prize in 2004 for "Strange Fruit", a story about child soldiers in Gulu, Northern Uganda. The writer grew up mostly in Kampala, but attended high school in Gulu, northern Uganda, for some years. She has a degree in Education from Makerere University, and a Master's degree in Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. While at Makerere she was an active member of FEMRITE – Uganda Women Writers Association, which she has credited for giving her "a place and space to write with a network of support and mentorship—handy when you are starting out”.