University of Sussex to support High School students to attend the Writivism Festival

Two High school students who won the #WriteWithSussex competition will attend the 4th Writivism Festival, scheduled for August 22 – 28, 2016 in Kampala, Uganda, with the support of the University of Sussex. This is part of a cooperation arrangement between the Centre for African Cultural Excellence and the Sussex Africa Centre, the English department and International office at Sussex.


As part of the arrangement, Dr. John Masterson from the university’s English department will attend the festival alongside the sponsored students. Sussex Africa Centre will support the travel of the students from Nairobi to Kampala and the international office has provided support for printing some festival materials.

JoAnn McGregor, Director of the Sussex Africa Centre commented:

We are delighted with this developing relationship and look forward to future collaborations and events.

Tosin Adebisi of the Sussex international office hands over a certificate to one of the winners

Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, the Writivism Partnerships Director said:

We are glad that our relationship with Sussex, under which our Board Member Zukiswa Wanner presented awards to the #WriteWithSussex winners and I made a presentation at the 4th African Popular Cultures workshop is growing. It expands our reach in African schools beyond those based in Uganda.

Sumayya Lee, who has been involved in the negotiations and is judge of the 2016 Writivism Short Story Prize added:

I am really excited about this partnership which enables Writivism to reach out to a younger generation of Africans who are in school. Through workshops for teenagers at the festival and other activities, they will be exposed to contemporary African literature  and will also have a chance to directly interact with African writers like myself.

Sumayya Lee, author of The Story of Maha will interact with students at the Writivism Festival

More areas of cooperation between Writivism and Sussex are currently being explored to extend the reach of each other’s work around African literature.

About Writivism  

Writivism is a pan-African literary initiative that promotes emerging African writers through workshops, mentoring, publishing, prizes, a festival and activities in schools. To find out more about our activities, go to Also follow us on Twitter @Writivism or call +256702038098.