Boda Boda Anthem

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“This beautifully diverse anthology is due homage to Kampala, one of Africa’s greatest cities with a history of influence throughout the continent. Seldom has a city been celebrated in verse with such steady elegance. Subtle rhythms sweep the reader along on a poetic tour that reveals the redemptive potency of birdsong in the city or that reaffirms family ties. At the other end of the experiential scale we understand how one may lose one’s way in a contemporary Kampala of newly surfaced roads and potholes, of avenues bearing the names of heroes, of bustling markets where boda bodas zig-zag nimbly through the traffic and street vendors sell a multitude of goods from food to ladies’ shoes. Here is a Kampala that we discover for the first time and simultaneously remember with affection through the vivid poetry in this volume.” Tsitsi Dangarembga, Author of Nervous Conditions.

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“This beautifully diverse anthology is due homage to Kampala, one of Africa’s greatest cities with a history of influence throughout the continent. Seldom has a city been celebrated in verse with such steady elegance. Subtle rhythms sweep the reader along on a poetic tour that reveals the redemptive potency of birdsong in the city or that reaffirms family ties. At the other end of the experiential scale we understand how one may lose one’s way in a contemporary Kampala of newly surfaced roads and potholes, of avenues bearing the names of heroes, of bustling markets where boda bodas zig-zag nimbly through the traffic and street vendors sell a multitude of goods from food to ladies’ shoes. Here is a Kampala that we discover for the first time and simultaneously remember with affection through the vivid poetry in this volume.” Tsitsi Dangarembga, Author of Nervous Conditions.

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