Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka on Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories

Beatrice Lamwaka (born and raised in Alokolum, Gulu) is a Ugandan writer. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for her story “Butterfly Dreams”. She is the founder and director of the Arts Therapy Foundation,[ a non-profit organisation that provides psychological and emotional support through creative arts therapies. She is the general secretary of PEN Uganda Chapter and an executive member of the Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO). She has served on the executive board of the Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE), where she has been a member since 1998. Lamwaka’s writing has been translated into Spanish and Italian; she released her anthology of short stories Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories in 2016. Continue reading “Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka on Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories”

FEMRITE @ 20: A Cornerstone of Ugandan Literature

FEMRITE has been described as one of ‘the most organised literary initiatives in Africa promoting female authorship’ and we are inclined to agree. As a non-profit publisher of fiction and creative non-fiction, FEMRITE champions Ugandan women writers with their literary nurturing. Founded in 1996 by female academics and students lead by Mary Karooro Okurut at Makerere University, the organisation provides writers workshops, editorial services, training, writers residencies and a resource centre with space to work in. It supports young writers and encourages reading for pleasure; Continue reading “FEMRITE @ 20: A Cornerstone of Ugandan Literature”

Interview with Nakisanze Segawa on her novel ‘The Triangle’

 

Nakisanze Segawa

Nakisanze Segawa was born in the Luwero Triangle, Uganda. She is both a fiction writer and a Luganda performance poet. Her poetry and short stories have been published by Jalada and FEMRITE. Nakisanze is a contributor to both the Daily Monitor and Global Press Journal.

A. What was your motivation in writing this novel?

N.S I always thought that Buganda has interesting stories to tell but I also thought that Kabaka Mwanga was a fascinating person… I came across an article that told me his age, he was a teenager when he came to the thrown, and that triggered me into wondering what I would have done if I had been in his shoes, but also what his subjects at the time thought, and the challenges he had from every side Continue reading “Interview with Nakisanze Segawa on her novel ‘The Triangle’”

Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival in Kampala

By Zaahida Nabagereka

Paul Omara & Daniel Omara at Jalada Africa’s Mobile Literary & Arts Festival, March 2017

In March 2017 Jalada Africa embarked on its first Mobile Literary and Arts Festival, visiting five countries (Kenya, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania) and twelve locations (Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa Kampala, Kabale, Goma, Kigali, Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar). Not only does the range of activities reflected in the programme illustrate the creativity of the visited regions but also demonstrates a comprehensive attempt at inclusivity. From panel discussions to performances to book stalls, there was something for everyone, with particular attention paid to language and orality.

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Bite-size Review: The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa

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The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa

Published this year Nakisanze Segawa’s The Triangle is a work of historical fiction that will leave you wanting more. Set in the Kingdom of Buganda in the late 1800s the story centres on life at the royal palace. Segawa skilfully makes us privy to the varied and complex relationships played out between the young Kabaka (king) Mwanga II, his wives, his courtiers and the foreigners in his kingdom, European missionaries and Arab merchants. Segawa meticulously researched historical archives in the process of writing this book and it really shows; from Continue reading “Bite-size Review: The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa”

Bite-size Review: Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories | Beatrice Lamwaka

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Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories | Beatrice Lamwaka

This collection of stories and poems from Beatrice Lamwaka is a powerful contribution to Ugandan literature. Not only does she question the internal politics of Uganda but raises issues that are pertinent the world over. A few of the stories are rooted in the atrocities endured by the Acholi people of Northern Uganda during the time of Joseph Kony and the Lords Resistance Army. The opening story Butterfly Dreams is a short yet formidable read as it conveys the suffering of the individual, the family and society at large as it Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories | Beatrice Lamwaka”

Bite-size Review: Season of Crimson Blossoms | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

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Season of Crimson Blossoms | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

With a steady hand Abubakar weaves an affair between fifty-five year old Hajiya Binta Zubairu and twenty-five year old Reza Babale. Reza, a local weed dealer, finds himself entangled in Binta’s life after robbing her place. As Binta stands shocked in the centre of her invaded living space, she suddenly feels a cool blade gently pierce her throat and Reza’s warm breath trailing behind her neck. His abrupt entrance and body warmth arouses Binta – something she had never experienced in her recent marriage before becoming widowed. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Season of Crimson Blossoms | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim”

Bite-size Review: All the Good Things Around Us | Edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah

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This new anthology of African Short Stories is one of the season’s favourite. It brings together renowned, old and new voices, such as Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Yvonne Oduor, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tope Folarin and many more.  The varied writing styles, flirtations with language and vast array of themes explored offer us a cleverly crafted repertoire of human interactions. Unlike the cliché of doom and gloomy Africa, it illuminates the myriad experiences that project the continent’s universal quality as oppose to its ill begotten uniqueness of being. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: All the Good Things Around Us | Edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah”

Bite-size Review: There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan

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There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan

This is perhaps the first of many to come. There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan, edited by Nyoul Leuth Tong is a riveting collection of eight short pieces that set the tone for the birth of a new nation, forged out of the debris and cinders of war and destruction. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan”