Biography

Welcome to the website showcasing the work of Achiro P. Olwoch: writer, playwright, film-maker

Achiro Patricia Olwoch hails from Gulu, in Northern Uganda and is an award winning writer, playwright and film maker. She is currently based in New York.

Achiro is presently in the process of completing her late father’s manuscripts that he left behind after his death in 1994 and ready them to share with the rest of the world. This alongside her first novel ‘Sex or Slave’ set in 1950’s Uganda during colonialism.

She is an award winning writer, director and producer after winning numerous awards for her ‘Coffee Shop’ tv series as creator and writer and ‘Yat Madit’ as head writer, and her short films; ‘The Surrogate’, ‘The Mineral Basket’ and ‘Maraya Ni’. She is presently in post-production working on a feature documentary ‘My Prison Diary’ due for release in 2022 and she has three feature scripts – ‘The General’s Amnesty’, ‘The Uprising’ and ‘The Surrogate Play’ – in development.

Achiro has been writing ever since she left the airline industry in 2007. She has worked as a radio script writer, a playwright, a film and television script writer alongside writing her books. She has also worked as sub-editor for the Ugandan lifestyle magazine ‘African Woman’ and also later as the Editorial director for a lifestyle magazine that she started in Malawi called ‘The African Dzuwa’ meaning The African Sun.

She has mentored a couple of emerging writers in the performing arts during annual residential workshops by the Kampala International Theatre Festival for the past two years.