Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi who is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer living in Manchester, United Kingdom, has been honoured with one of the greatest prizes on the globe — The “Windham-Campbell Prize”
Jennifer Makumbi a PhD holder from Lancaster University has taught Creative Writing and English for ten years in British Universities, though at the moment she is concentrating on writing.
According to Brittle Paper, Jennifer Makumbi was chosen for how she, in her novel Kintu, “opens up a bold and innovatory vista in African letters, encompassing ancient wounds that disquiet the present, and offering the restitution to be found in memory and ritual.”
For starters, the Kintu Saga was shortlisted and won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013. It was published in Kenya by Kwani Trust in 2014 under the title Kintu. It was later published in the US by Transit Books, and in the UK and the Commonwealth by Oneworld Publications.
“Windham-Campbell Prize” is an American literary award which offers prizes in three categories: fiction, nonfiction and drama. The award was established at Yale University in 2011 with the first prizes presented in 2013.
The 2018 Windham-Campbell Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale.
Congratulations our very own Jennifer Makumbi.