The story of Kintu begins in 2004, in Bwaise a slum in Kampala city prone to flooding in the rainy season. Kintu Kamu has just been murdered, mistakenly called a thief because of the unexplained appearance of fancy gadgets in his shack. Three months later, the people involved in his murder are all found dead, strewn all over the streets of Bwaise.
It’s that time again when we present the Africa Book Club books of the year. For the fifth year, Africa Book Club presents its selection of the year’s best books about Africa, or written by African authors. In addition to the fiction, short story, and non-fiction categories, our 2014 list includes a section on children’s books. To compile the list, we scoured various sites and news articles. We also looked at the top literary awards to see which books from Africa received recognition. Finally, we considered the numerous submissions received from authors and reviewers throughout the year.