Short Story: “Let’s Tell This Story Properly” by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
The short story I chose was the overall winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story prize and it shows. Let’s Tell This Story Properly follows Kayita, a Ugandan widow in Britain as she recounts the untimely demise of her husband as well as the effects and tribulations both typical and unexpected that she encountered while grieving. The story seamlessly travels between the present and past, showing how Kayita navigates through cultural difficulties both at home and in Uganda as she goes to lay her husband to rest. It is a well written tale of dealing with cultural and structural violence in both familiar and unfamiliar places, while exploring what those places actually are to those that have left their homes.
This is story, while it has been published in the aftermath of its success, was originally unpublished except for on the Commonwealth Website, which is why I figured that I post it here.