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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi on Culture, Ethnicity and Politics in Uganda

On Friday 18 September 2015, the Nairobi Forum hosted Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, whose novel Kintu won the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript Prize. The novel follows the adventures of Kintu Kidda and generations of his heirs, telling the story of a family and a nation contending with the burdens of the colonial past while seeking to reconcile tradition with the modern world. Jennifer was joined by Tom Odhiambo, Lecturer in Literature at the University of Nairobi, for a conversation about history, culture and the resurgence of kingdoms in Ugandan politics.

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