“But Dantala . . .Dantala is not a name. To say someone was born on a Tuesday, is that a name?” When you come across a book called “Born on a Tuesday” your first thought is that what is so special about Tuesday? Or to be more precise, what is special about being born … More WHAT IS IN A BOOK TITLE? : Reading Born on a Tuesday
By Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa It must be said that the contemporary age of Ugandan literature is an era of women voices and triumph. Whether in fiction, drama or poetry, Uganda’s most recognisable voices in literature are female. Examples include, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Adong Lucy, Jackee Batanda, Aujo Lillian, Deborah Asiimwe, Beverley Nambozo, Arac de Nyeko, Glaydah … More Who Are The Male Heroes of Ugandan Literature?
Someone tell Donald Molosi, he needs a Ugandan name. Perhaps Musisi, like an earthquake -a bold shaker of things. And perhaps this is not too far from the ideals he passes on in the two plays in “We Are All Blue”. He is African, yet he is not just African, he is a citizen of the … More I am Also Blue
Amorphousness. Even though there was no agreement, this seemed to be the un-uttered agreement. That African literature is an amorphous affair looked at differently from varying lenses. It is a kaleidoscope of perspectives and there will likely be no agreement as long as there are more than one people interested in it. Maybe it is … More Don’t Forget the Younger People
My three days at Writivism, that is Day 1, Day 3 and Day 5 could be summed up in three words. Decolonisation. Books. Women. The argument for Decolonisation, why you need to read and why you should heed the women. I’ve not been to a literary festival outside Uganda but the one thing I am … More Decolonisation. Books. Women.
You will not take it for granted that yet another poetry collection is released in Uganda today. For me, it has been a year of discovering and appreciating poetry from this country. At the beginning of the year, I was privileged to delve into Mulumba’s “Poetry in Motion”, then finally tasting Kagayi’s work in “The … More A Poetic Duet brings out the new from the old.
Joel Ntwatwa This collection of short stories by Writivism mentees deserved more than a few words so I took the time to give each one at least a paragraph review or so. This Writivism Flash Fiction Anthology is continuing celebration of African writing that keeps coming up to the surface and thanks must be given to … More Humour will Make Your Heart Skip A Beat