Ugandan writer and Ph.D. holder from Lancaster University, Dr Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is one of the 2018 recipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry as awarded by Yale University.
Makumbi who clinched a whooping $165,000 for a prize in fiction and for her debut Novel Kintu dazzles alongside two other black scholars, Lorna Goodison, who won in the poetry category and John Keene also in fiction. Speaking to BBC news, Makumibi said “I haven’t been earning for a long, long time, I really put everything into writing. So for this to happen is unbelievable.”
Kintu which is usually described as the great Ugandan novel and published by Transit Books is a story that follows a cursed bloodline, explores what it’s like in a local Buganda court and generally what it means to be Ugandan.
Makumbi currently lives in England and will receive her prize at the an international literary festival at Yale in September 2018.