Makumbi to Launch Prize-Winning Novel Today


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This bold and ambitious Kintu novel won the 2013 Kwani Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers. The book is the first of a series of novels that will be published by Kwani Trust over the next two years.

On Friday 13th June, Nansubuga was also announced as the overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 for, ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’ beating regional winners from Singapore, the UK, Guyana and Australia.

Fellow writer Doreen Baingana described the novel as “the novel Uganda and not just Buganda has been waiting for.

Kintu weaves together multiple timelines, one that takes the reader on an adventure in the ancient kingdom of Buganda and another which navigates the realities of contemporary Uganda and its recent past.”

Jamal Mahjoub described it as, “an ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth.”

He added that Kwani Trust has been working with Ugandan writers for several years – including David Kaiza, Doreen Baingana and Kalundi Sserumaga. The production and launch of Kintu was part of Kwani Trust’s broader tradition of discovering East African stories.

The Kwani Manuscript Project was launched in April 2012 and called for the submission of unpublished novel manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora. The prize received over 280 qualifying submissions from 19 African countries.

The novel Kintu tells a story of a man called Kintu Kidda, Ppookino of Buddu Province in the kingdom of the Buganda who in 1754 sets out on a journey to the capital where he is to pledge allegiance to the new Kabaka of the realm. Along the way, a rash action in a moment of anger unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations.

Time passes and the nation of Uganda is born. Through colonial occupation and the turbulent early years of independence, Kintu’s heirs survive the loss of their land, the denigration of their culture and the ravages of war. But the story of their ancestor and his twin wives Nakato and Babirye endures. So too does the curse.

In this ambitious tale of a family and of a nation, Nansubuga skillfully weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break the burden of their shared past and to reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.


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