Kintu is a multigenerational saga that tells the history of Buganda (Uganda) through the bloodline of Kintu Kidda. This epic story takes us from the 18th to the 21st century in six parts.
The book starts with the violent and unexpected death of Kamu borne out of a curse laid on the Kintu family by a bereaved family friend. The Kintu family then continue to live their lives, many unaware of the curse placed upon them. Here we read from generation to generation how members of the Kintu family fared. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi talks at length about African traditions.
Reading this book will take the reader through a journey with the author as she addresses themes such as mental health, colonialism, religion, atheism, war, sexuality, generational family relationships, violence, neglect, incest, toxic masculinity and many more.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi writes the history of Uganda to remind all Africans and non-Africans that Africa and Uganda existed before the emergence of white people and colonialism.
We find many of the characters in this book unique and complex as they are written memorably. Each of the six parts in which the book is written solidly and concisely seems like standalone stories.
The language of the book is straightforward and laced with “food for thought”, which shows why many readers describe it as the “great, Ugandan book.”
Should You Read?
While the book may seem tasking because of its many characters and information about each generation, the division into parts makes Kintu an enjoyable read. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi did a marvellous thing with this book, so pick it up when you can.