Uganda, Literature, 2022, in Berlin

Jennifer Nansubuga
Makumbi

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a novelist and short story writer. Born and raised in Uganda, she earned her doctorate from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu, was published in 2014 by Kwani Trust in Nairobi. Her story collection Manchester Happened followed in 2019. Makumbi was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018. In 2020, she was selected as one of 100 Most Influential Africans of 2020 by New African magazine. Makumbi’s writing is largely based on oral traditions. Her second novel The First Woman / The Girl is a Body of Water (2020) is a „feminist rendition of Ugandan origin tales“, told against the backdrop of Idi Amin’s regime in Uganda in the 1970s. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi lives in Manchester, and lectures in Creative Writing at various universities in the UK.

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