"You mean this is England?"- From the pages of Manchester Happened.
Hello bookstagram. First of all I want to pretend like this Akè festival moments I'm seeing up and down isn't paining me but I can't.
The Aké Arts and Book Festival is an annual literary, cultural and arts event Promoting, developing and celebrating creativity on the African continent link.
And secondly is sad, I'm still yet to read Kintu (sighs), but then I've had a taste of Manchester Happened.
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Manchester Happened is a collection of 12 short stories separated into two parts "The departing and returning".
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The collection of this wonderful stories set in both Manchester and Ugandan (Kampala), tells the story of African migration and the strives of immigration.
These stories are spiced up with humour, sad concern for someone in misfortune, compassion and pity about Ugandans migrating.
In this beautiful collection, you'd see the both sides of the toss, being a Ugandan native and then coming to Britain, becoming the dreams those in your motherland (Uganda) wish you to be, while trying to still remain Ugandan enough when going back.
It's a reminder that it's not always green the way we imagine it to be over there. It reminds me of the fear of been told or called black over there.
During the course of reading this, I had a small discussion with my cousre mates relating to tradition, culture, race and been black.
It's my first time of reading something different and I must say I wasn't disappointed. I'm glad I read this and recommend the writing skills of JenniferMakumbi. I was smiling and laughing, next minute angry, another facial expressions.
One of my fav character in the POVs (Something Inside So Strong) is Poonah (Mpona Watson), her struggles, remaining herself despite the freedom she found.
It's a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read.
You won't be disappointed.