A Literary Market Is Rising in Africa
December 8, 2014 — For TIA’s Made in Africa series, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire talks to notable writers whose work is published on the continent. Today, Ugandan novelist, short story writer and winner of the inaugural Kwani? Manuscript prize, Jennifer Makumbi
BM: Why do you think copies of Kintu, your debut novel, are flying off the shelf in Kampala? Did you add some potion to Kintu?
JM: Oh yeah the potion; unfortunately I can’t share it with you because it only works in my clan! I suspect Kintu is selling well because of a few factors – it won an award as a manuscript; that gives a kind of confidence and curiosity to readers to ‘risk’ investing their time and money in it. It is a well-packaged book; you don’t realise how critical the cover is until you have a book published. The title, Kintu, is familiar to all Ugandans and people are curious to see what I have done with their myth.