Welcome to the website showcasing the work of Achiro P. Olwoch: writer, playwright, film-maker
Achiro Patricia Olwoch hails from Gulu, in Northern Uganda. Achiro is a female queer
artist in exile currently living in New York. She is an award-winning writer, director and
producer after winning numerous awards and nominations for her Coffee Shop TV series
as creator and writer and Yat Madit as head writer, and for her short films: The Surrogate,
The Mineral Basket, Maraya Ni.
Achiro recently completed and published her late father’s manuscripts -The general’s
Amnesty, The Smell of the Poor, which he left behind after his death. This is alongside her
first novel Sex or Slave, set in 1940s Uganda during colonialism. She also has in the
works a memoir about her life as a lesbian in Uganda and her eventual escape and
another about her journey being born in exile, living through the war in Northern Uganda
through to her present life in exile – The Girl from Koro Abili.
Achiro has been published by Guernica magazine, Exposition Review, Westbeth online
newsletter, and Pen America. Her play ‘The Survival’ had a debut performance at the
Lincoln Center produced by the National Queer Theatre.
She volunteers as the African Representative on the Women Playwrights International
Management committee as well as the Artistic Collective of the National Queer Theatre
in New York and is a mentor with the Girls Write Now 2022-23 Program.