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Ink Unbound: The Black Lives Matter Impact on African Authors in Western Publishing

December 19, 2023 Otako Season 4 Episode 12
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Ink Unbound: The Black Lives Matter Impact on African Authors in Western Publishing
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Show Notes

In our final installment of the series, we are honored to welcome back the insightful Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. In this thought-provoking episode, Jennifer delves into the profound influence of the Black Lives Matter movement on African authors navigating the Western publishing landscape.

Key Points:

  • Shifting Dynamics: Jennifer explores how the global movement has transformed the literary world, amplifying previously marginalized voices and fostering increased representation.
  • Nuanced Perspectives: From challenges to triumphs, she provides a nuanced perspective on the evolving relationship between Black writers, African authors, and the Western publishing industry.
  • Literature as a Catalyst: We delve into the intersection of social justice and storytelling, reflecting on the power of literature to drive change.
  • Equity and Visibility: Join us as we discuss the ongoing struggle for greater visibility, authenticity, and inclusion within the literary sphere.

Jennifer Makumbi’s insights illuminate the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary literature, paving the way for a more equitable and vibrant literary world. Tune in to explore how the Black Lives Matter movement has reshaped narratives and opened new avenues for African authors. 📚✨

Awards and Nominations:

  • The First Woman, Winner 2021 Jhalak Prize – Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour
  • Recipient of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction
  • Global Winner, 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Lets Tell This Story Properly 
  • Winner,    Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013 for Kintu


  • The First Woman shortlisted for The Diversity Book Awards
  • The First Woman shortlisted for Encore Prize 2021
  • The First woman shortlisted for James Tait Black Prize 2021
  • A Girl is a Body of Water longlisted for Aspen Words Literary Prize 2021
  • The NAIS-KNAW writer’s residence 2021
  • Kintu shortlisted for Prix Les Afriques 2020
  • Manchester Happened longlisted for Edge Hill Prize (2020)
  • The Alan Chuese Fellowship (2019)
  • Kintu Longlisted for The Prix Du Medicis 2019
  • Manchester Happened Shortlisted for Big Book Award (Harper’s Bazaar) 2019
  • Kintu Winner Prix Transfuge Du Meilluer Premier Roman Francais 2019
  • Kintu Shortlisted for Edward Stanford Awards (2019)
  • Grants of Art: The Arts council 2015
  • Kintu longlisted for the Etisalat Prize 2015

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