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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Beatrice Lamwaka win at Uganda’s Janzi Awards.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Beatrice Lamwaka were among the winners at the Janzi Awards, announced in Kampala, Uganda on December 11, 2021. The Janzi Awards are a new platform where outstanding achievements, innovations and diversity in Uganda’s Cultural, Creative and Performing Arts forms are recognized and celebrated. They are hosted by the Uganda Development Forum, […]

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Abdulrazak Gurnah to headline Sharjah International Book Fair 2021.

Abdulrazak Gurnah is the headline guest at this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair set to run from November 3-13, 2021. Sharjah International Book Fair is an international book fair held annually in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates since 1982. Recognized as one of the world’s top publishing events, it is the largest in the Arab world […]

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Writers of African descent on UK’s Diverse Book Awards 2021 longlist.

The longlists for the Diverse Book Awards 2021, dedicated to diversity in UK writing, were announced on July 27, 2021. The Diverse Book Awards were created by Abiola Bello and Helen Lewis, founders of The Author School to celebrate the diversity of writing in the UK in 2019. The judges for 2021 are Amy Mae […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Patrice Lawrence win Jhalak Prize 2021

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Patrice Lawrence were declared the winners of the Jhalak Prize 2021 on May 25, 2021. The Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour is an annual literary prize awarded to British or British-resident BAME (Black, Asian and Minority ethnic) writers. The Jhalak Prize, launched in 2016, […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi on UK’s Encore Award 2021 shortlist.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s The First Woman is on the shortlist of the UK’s Royal Society of Literature Encore Award 2021 announced today, May 5, 2021. The Encore Award was first presented in 1990 to celebrate the achievement of outstanding second novels. The Award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes. The Royal Society […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Shola von Reinhold on James Tait Black Prize 2021 shortlist.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Shola von Reinhold are on the shortlist of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2021 announced on May 4, 2021. The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, awarded for literature written in the English language, are Britain’s oldest literary awards. The prizes, based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, were founded […]


February 21: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor for “Long Talk.”

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 […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi at Goethe-Namibia’s “Virtually Yours.”

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was the featured author at GoetheNamibia’s Virtually Yours on Saturday, November 14, 2020. She was moderated by series curator Zukiswa Wanner. Virtually Yours is a new series that brings you to the centre of contemporary African literature with discussions between leading African authors curated by Zukiswa Wanner and hosted by Goethe-Namibia. The […]

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Prix Les Afriques 2020 shortlist announced.

Ayobami Adebayo, Sara Collins, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Léonora Miano, and Johary Ravaloson, are on the shortlist for Prix Les Afriques 2020 announced on August 12, 2020. Prix Les Afriques was created by the association La Cene Littéraire which was founded by Swiss lawyer Ngoãn Beti. It is awarded annually to an African or writer of […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi wrapped up the fourth day of Season 2 of Afrolit Sans Frontières on Instagram from Manchester, UK on Thursday, April 23, 2020. She was hosted by Troy Onyango. The Afrolit Sans Frontiers Virtual Literary Festival, a new initiative by and for writers of African origin, was started in March as a result […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s novel “The First Woman” cover revealed.

The cover for Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel The First Woman, to be published by Oneworld on June 4, 2020, has been revealed. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, who won the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction last year, first came to prominence when she won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013. She would give us an exquisite gem […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi charms Nairobi, Kigali in “Manchester Happened” tour.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi charmed residents of Nairobi and Kigali on her Manchester Happened East African tour. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi won the Kwani Manuscript prize in 2013 giving her name recognition across the continent. The manuscript published as Kintu in the following year earned the writer many accolades like being longlisted for the Etisalat Prize. The […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi on UK’s Big Book Awards 2019 shortlist.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Manchester Happened is on the UK’s Big Book Awards 2019 shortlist announced on May 8, 2019. Big Book is an awards scheme and endorsement campaign led by magazines highlighting the finest new or emerging fiction and non-fiction titles in UK publishing. The awards, now in their second year, were won by Adam […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s “Manchester Happened” East Africa tour.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s East African tour for her new short story collection Manchester Happened runs from May 9 – 17, 2019. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi came to the attention of many African bibliophiles when she won the Kwani Manuscript prize in 2013. That manuscript would end up being Kintu, one of the most beloved books to […]

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Uganda International Writers Conference 2019 for Kampala in May.

The Uganda International Writers Conference 2019 is set to happen in Kampala, Uganda from May 15-17, 2019. The conference is organised by the African Writers Trust. The Uganda International Writers Conference was started in 2013 as a biennial international platform for writers and publishing professionals to converge for a week’s debate of intellectual stimulation and […]