Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was announced as the winner for the top spot of the Kwani? Manuscript project.
Her novel ‘The Kintu Saga’ is ‘an ambitious attempt to bring the history of Uganda into the present lives of the novel’s protagonists’. Through successive generations, she ‘sketches out the continued relevance of the past in the present’.
She beat Liberian Saah Millimono and Kenyan Timothy Kiprop Kimutai who came second and third place respectively.
Of the first second and third prize winners’ Jamal Mahjoub, the chair of judges explained:
‘All three titles chosen by the judges display an urge to engage with the complexities of modern day Africa. They tackle issues such as civil war, the struggle against poverty, and the continent’s historical heritage, among other themes. As a manuscript award this prize naturally seeks to focus less on finding a perfect finished product than work which shows literary promise as well as a breadth and depth of vision. The winner and two runners up all reflect these values’.