African Author wins Prestigious Literary Prize

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Jennifer Makumbi Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

A Ugandan author based in Great Britain whose debut novel was initially rejected by British publishers for being ‘too African‘, has won one of the world’s richest literary prizes.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, the winner of the 2014 Commonwealth short fiction prize from Uganda but now living in the UK, has won one of the Windham Campbell Prizes from Yale University in the US.

Jennifer Makumbi_Kintu1 ‘Kintu’ by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

She will receive $165,000 (£119,000). The prize money is more than double the amount that the Booker Prize winner gets, and organizers say it’s the richest award dedicated to literature after the Nobel Prize. Makumbi’s debut novel Kintu was first published in Kenya four years ago after British publishers rejected it for being “too African”. It was finally released in the UK this January. In Ugandan culture, Kintu is a mythological figure who appears…

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10 thoughts on “African Author wins Prestigious Literary Prize

    1. From reading the article the Author a young woman from Uganda resides in England so I take the “Too African” statement is coming from a Euro-centric definition and white people are often intimidated by Black Culture. Africans and African American’s don’t fit into the European idea of what is acceptable to them. I’ve experienced this myself in terms of my hair, dark skin color, and a myriad of other items like white people being amazed that I have a college degree or the I’m a U.S. Army Veteran.

      1. No. I worked in Publishing for years and England is a nation of Colonizers who resent the people of color, people they once held in subjugation. The voice of Black Women has always been scorned but now Black Women are rising up and speaking up. Whites no longer have the mike.

      2. I lived too long in England, they resent anyone who is not “English”. I faced many problems with them being Australian White. Even though I am not Black they treated me the same way. I know where you are coming from with this. Everyone deserves a voice. The problem is the Colonisers are receiving a lot of flack for their cruel behaviour

      3. Thanks. Whites accept Blacks as entertainers, clowns, sports figures or any other stereotypes but when we talk about revolution suddenly it’s a different story. But believe me revolution is on the way. The younger generation is not gonna stand for all the bullshit and falsehood. That’s in all European countries plus the United States. The big Payback is on the way. Really it’s already here.

      4. Yes. Young people will take their civil rights by force if necessary. The balance of power is shifting. Those who planted the seeds of Colonizers and slavery will now reap their own destruction. Change is on the horizon.

      5. It is everywhere. The older generations in many countries have placed restrictions on the younger generations who have a higher potential. Instead of letting go they cling to their power and suffocate those who try to be different. There is a new revolution on the way. They will have a lot to deal with as many evil are being born. I will be watching keenly to see what happens.

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