According to a Goodreads description, Touring My Mind by Eric Onyango Otieno is a 187 page collection that entails an array of conceptualized statements that open us up into the mind of the poet, giving us opportunity to travel into and through his words in this ebook assembly. Eric says these are his thoughts on the day to day experiences that have shaped the way he sees the world.
This lush, intimate book explores the coming of age of three sisters in Uganda. Each chapter in this collection of linked short stories develops the theme of discovery as the sisters mature and their interior and exterior lives expand.
Maina is a violent robber whose disgust for blood and craving to be loved forces him to quit for a better career. But when Maina lands the job of a matatu driver, he realizes that he has slipped into the underworld bedeviled by corrupt traffic police, city council askaris, and cartels.
Tumuhimbise Norman is one of the few disgusted enough to take action, having stealthily smuggled pigs into Parliament to taunt one of the most repressive regimes on the African continent, his action in life speak more powerfully than any words he could put on a page. Yet this book nevertheless speaks encouragement and hope into the lives of Ugandans near and far. His approach to change, a change created from and for millions upon millions of Ugandans at the bottom, is the nation’s hope for a better future and indeed a better present.
Norman discusses the iconic political post of the NRM ruling party, a political group headed by General Museveni, the self proclaimed mustard seed who has promised to carry forward in peace, security, and economic betterment. Norman’s suggestion is that Museveni’s three decades in power only brought catastrophe, death, and poverty. If indeed it was a mustard seed that was sown, we must recognise that Uganda’s soil is not suitable for such a crop, and like any infectious species, it must be upgraded.