This Ugandan Author Just Won One of the Most Prestigious Literary Prizes For Her Debut Novel 'Kintu'

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was once rejected by British publishers who claimed her book was "too African."

First-time Ugandan author, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won the 2018 Windham Campbell Prizes from Yale University—one of the most prestigious literary awards—for her debut novel Kintu, reports BBC Africa.

After moving to the UK 17 years ago, Makumbi dedicated all of her time to writing—which affected her earnings. "I really put everything into writing," she told BBC Africa. "So for this to happen is unbelievable."

Keep reading... Show less

This Nigerian Man Broke a Guinness World Record By Reading Aloud For 5 Days Straight

Olawunmi Bayode says he did it out of his love for reading, and to encourage young people to read more.

This is what you call dedication:

Olawunmi Bayode of Lagos, Nigeria just earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for reading aloud for 120 hours straight. Bayode began his reading on February 26 at approximatley 1:30 PM, and ended on March 3, reports Brittle Paper. According to This Is Africa, Bayode read non-stop, taking only one, two hour break everyday.

He ran through 17 titles, mostly by African authors, including Toni Kan's The Carnivorous City, Sarah Ladipo Manyika's Independence, Leye Adenle's Easy Motion Tourist, Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope and more.

Keep reading... Show less
Photo courtesy of Alexis Okeowo.

Alexis Okeowo on Her New Book and Why We Need More Stories About Everyday Life in Africa

We catch up with the Nigerian-American journalist and author on her book, 'A Moonless, Starless Sky.'

Alexis Okeowo is the Nigerian-American author behind her recent release, A Moonless, Starless Sky. The book offers a provoking and affecting portrait of contemporary Africa with four narratives featuring subjects from war-torn countries who are battling fundamentalism and medieval barbarity where they live.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox