For the Love of Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1967 and now lives in Manchester. Her first novel, Kintu, was longlisted for the Etisalat prize in 2014, and she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in the same year. Her first short story collection, Manchester Happened, was published in 2019. She was awarded the prestigious […]

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Sunday Kinda Meal: Coconut Fish Curry.

  • by Natacha Umutoni
  • Feb 08, 2021
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We are in a second lockdown in Rwanda, and I am close to losing my mind. The only consolation I have is food, not just eating but making it. I am experimenting with spices and herbs, and the smell in the kitchen gives me inexplicable joy. I have tried multiple dishes, from east African to […]

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Do You Love You?

The bible teaches us to die to self and to lay down our lives for others, so every time someone mentioned the word self-care or self-love, I would cringe because I thought they are promoting selfishness and being self-centered. I thought to myself, surely everyone loves themselves, no one hates themselves. And those people who […]

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It Never Gets Easier

The pain, the grief, the loss Is felt at the core of our souls. We live with grief. Every day. Beyond the dirty past, beneath the hard scars are fresh wounds We live with them. Every day. Grief is our second rib. Our constant companion Existing without her is unfathomable She is there in December […]

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It Is a Man’s World

Last month, our newsfeed was flooded with stories of rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein.  The actress Alyssa Milano took to twitter using the hashtag ‘MeToo’, encouraging women to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. Astounded by the number of women who were sharing and appalled at how horrible our world is, I realized […]

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Dear John

I miss you every single day. I see you in every stranger that I meet. I feel you in every song, the lyrics remind me of our conversations. Sometimes I stop at your scent, with hopes of seeing you. There are days when it’s easier, and those days I tell myself that you are better […]

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Of Bridal Showers & Sex

Addressing women during an RPF-Inkotanyi Women’s League Congress in Kigali on April 22, 2017, the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, warned elder women against terrorizing the younger ones about tolerating domestic violence during bridal showers. The president was talking about women’s empowerment and women being advocates for themselves and each other. He reminded them that their […]

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