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Ugandans flying Africa’s literary flag by Beatrice Lamwaka

Jackee Budesta Batanda

By Beatrice Lamwaka
IN SUMMARY

Made it. We bring you the Ugandans on the list of 39 most promising authors from sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora under the age of 40.

Three Ugandan female writers were early this month named among Africa’s most promising authors in a list published by Africa 39 Project.

Jackee Budesta Batanda, Glaydah Namukasa and Monica Arac de Nyeko were among the 39 most promising fiction writers from Africa (south of the Sahara) under the age of 40.

The list was announced at the London Book Fair. The list included writers like: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nii Kwei Parkes, who has been in Uganda a number of times at the invitation of African Writers Trust to train young writers in Uganda, Dinaw Mengistu, Chika Unigwe, Lola Shoyenin, and Taiye Selasi.

Writers from East Africa include Kenyan’s Clifton Gachagua, Ndinda Kioko, Okwiri Oduor, Stanley Gazemba and Gohil Mehul and Tanzanian’s Mohamed Yunnis Rafiq.

Africa39 is an initiative of the Hay festival, a premier of literature and arts held in Wales which has previously worked with the World Book capitals – Bogotá (2007) where it launched the Bogotá 39 and Beirut (2010), the Beirut 39, to highlight the local talents and languages with the potential to define the literature of the future.

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