Chair of Judges, Jamal Mahjoub said:
“All three titles chosen by the judges display an urge to engage with the complexities of modern day Africa. They tackle issues such as civil war, the struggle against poverty, and the continent’s historical heritage, among other themes. As a manuscript award this prize naturally seeks to focus less on finding a perfect finished product than work which shows literary promise as well as a breadth and depth of vision. The winner and two runners up all reflect these values.
The winner, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi‘s The Kintu Saga, is an ambitious attempt to bring the history of Uganda into the present lives of the novel’s protagonists. Through successive generations, the author sketches out the continued relevance of the past in the present.
In 2nd place, Saah Millimono’s One Day I Will Write About This War provides a moving portrait of a young boy in Liberia who finds the hardships of his life relieved by the family of a girl he meets at school. Their lives are turned upside down with the arrival of the civil war.
In 3rd place, Timothy Kiprop Kimutai’s The Water Spirits shows great maturity in its depiction of characters and the relationships between a single mother and her two children. The author deftly manages to tread a fine line between the state of the mind and the world of the imagination.”
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Saah Millimono in Nairobi for Kwani? Manuscript Project Awards
Kwani? Manuscript Project prize winners Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Saah Millimono are travelling to Nairobi this week for Kwani Trust’s 10th Anniversary (kwaniat.kwani.org). As part of Kwani Trust’s anniversary celebrations and reflections, Kwani? Manuscript Project Series Editor and Judge Ellah Allfrey will award the Kwani? Manuscript Prize to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (1st place), Saah Millimono (2nd place) and Timothy Kiprop Kimutai (3rd place).Project Partners