Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi A Ugandan author whose book was first rejected for being ‘too African’ wins UGX603millions

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Describes the book as "proper, proper Africa"

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A Ugandan author has unbelievably won UGX603millions ($165,000) after being named one of the winners of the Windham Campbell Prizes from Yale University in the UK.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, who is currently based in Manchester, is one of the eight writers to receive the award this year and is the only winner to have published just one full length novel.

Her debut novel titled ‘Kintu’ was first published in Kenya in 2014 after it was rejected by British publishers for being “too African”.



Makumbi describes ‘Kintu’ as a “proper, proper Africa” book which 'conjures myths and legends to tell the story of a Uganda family who believe they have been cursed over 250 years'.

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She said she hadn’t been earning for a long time and to see that she was named among the winners of the Windham Campbell Prizes was unbelievable.

"I haven't been earning for a long, long time. I really put everything into writing. So, for this to happen is unbelievable," she said

Organiser of the Windham Campbell Prize say the prize money is more than double the amount a Booker Prize winner gets and it's the richest award dedicated to literature after the Nobel Prize.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi moved to the UK 17 years ago.

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