Yvonne Owuor is a Kenyan fiction writer, conservationist, cultural activist; and past Executive director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Yvonne Owuor won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for Weight of Whispers, a story told from the perspective of a refugee fleeing after the 1994 massacres. A number of her other stories have since been published, including Dressing the Dirge, The State of Tides, and The Knife Grinder’s Tale.
Yvonne Owuor will travel to Kinshasa
You know the DRC? Hey you NO Me!
‘Now Could we go to the square they call Congo
I need to go and lay my feet upon the stone
Where the first of us stood before, before, before
Where we made music in remembrance of human bodies sold
Where the sound of old pain became a new music of hoped
Where they paved me a road so I could get to Congo’ Amel Larrieux ‘Congo’ watch video
Owuor has no interest in the romanticized version of the Congo, not in that of the Congolese of his home nor that of the Visa stamp fresh ink travel blogger. The common lethargic taxonomy of the DRC is what she aims to penetrate by dismantling the cliché of the Sapeurs, the music, using the flavors and textures of present day Congo as a pulse check of the Congo that once was all this recorded with a football score card. Yvonne has a pass to play voyeur in the markets, discotheques and streets of Kinshasa.