Christopher Okemwa is a lecturer of Literature as well as the director of the School of Post Graduate Studies at Kisii University, Kenya. He is also the founder and director of Kistrech International Poetry Festival in Kenya. He is a member of the editorial board of the Multilingual Journal of Literature and Opto-Art “WürZarT”, appointed on May 21, 2017. Additionally, he is the editor of the Kistrech International Poetry Festival Magazine, since 2013.
His poetry collections include Toxic Love (Watermark, 2004), The Gong (Nsemia Inc., 2010), Purgatorius Ignis (Nsemia Inc., 2016), and Ominous Clouds (Nsemia Inc., 2018). His published oral literature texts include, Riddles of the Abagusii People of Kenya: Gems of Wisdom from the African Continent (Nsemia Inc., 2011), The Proverbs of the Abagusii of Kenya: Meaning & Application (Nsemia Inc., 2012) and Otenyo the Hero of the Abagusii (Nsemia Inc., 2016). He has also published a short story collection, Chubot, the Cursed One and Other Stories (Nsemia Inc., 2011). This is in addition to three children’s books, The Visitor at the Gate, Let us Keep Tiger and The Village Queen (Paulines Africa, 2010, 2011, 2013) as well as five folktales of the Abagusii people: Ogasusu na Oganchogu, Ogasusu na Okanyambu, Ogasusu na Okanyang’au, Okang’ombe Okanyang’au na Ogakondo, and Kerangeti na Kerantina. Okemwa’s novella, Sabina and the Mystery of the Ogre, won 2015 Burt Award for African Literature (Kenya).
In 2018 Okemwa successfully defended his Doctoral thesis titled “A Study of the Kwani? Open Mic ‘Literary-Gangsta’ Performance Poetry of Kenya” at Moi University, Kenya. He also holds an MA and a Bachelor of Education degrees in literature from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Okemwa took a Theatre Course held at Churchill Hall, University of Bristol, England, from 20th to the 27th July 1991, sponsored by NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association).He was again a student at the NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association)’s Technical Summer School, held at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, from 27th July to 3rd August 1991. He attended a poetry workshop in Northern Ireland in 1993 sponsored by Poets’ House. He participated at the XX International Poetry Festival in Medellin (Colombia) in 2010 sponsored by Prince Claus Fund. He was a guest poet at the 27th Biennale Poetry Festival in Liege (Belgium) in 2012. He was also guest-poet in the 3rd Spring and Poetry Festival in Istanbul (Turkey) in 2018.