Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi won the Kwani? Manuscript Prize last month for her unpublished novel, The Kintu Saga. The East African has published an excerpt from the novel, in which we meet Kamu and the woman who “considered herself Kamu’s wife because she had moved in with him two years earlier and he had not thrown her out yet.”
The Kwani Trust is planning on publishing Makumbi’s novel by April next year. Read the excerpt:
There was a knock. Kamu’s woman woke up and climbed over him to get the door. She wrapped a kanga around her naked body with the irritation of a proper wife. When she unbolted the door, night was beginning to depart, leaving the sky dawn grey.
The woman considered herself Kamu’s wife because she had moved in with him two years earlier and he had not thrown her out yet. Every night, after work, he came home to her, brought shopping, ate her cooking and he was always ravenous.
When she visited her parents, Kamu gave her money so she wouldn’t go empty-handed. That was more than what many certified wives got. Besides, she had not heard rumours of another woman.