Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor are the featured writers on this month’s “Long Talk” event from A Long House on February 21, 2021.
A Long House is a new frontier for black thought, stories, and critical discourse that was started in 2020. A remarkable contribution they introduced in 2020 was Long Talk which were discussions between poets that one could watch from wherever in the world one might be. Some of the sessions we observed included Safia Elhillo in conversation with Ladan Osman and Kwame Dawes in conversation with Gregory Pardlo.
The first session for 2021 will feature novelists Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor on Sunday, February 21 at 2pm GMT. It will be moderated by Ndinda Kioko. The two will re-examine what it means to formulate a state. “The Root of Nations” was conceived under the pressing need to reconsider what a country might be defined as, and what is possible when one repaints the histories and origins of an African country via the incredibly important but rarely considered female gaze.
Moving away from the regular trope of the “founding fathers,” Owuor and Makumbi who have both written books that critically assess the origin of nations (Kenya and Uganda respectively), will be in conversation, exposing us to the anxieties, insights, and stories that birthed their projects.