Memoirs Of A Mother is a deeply moving story of a story a Ugandan woman who is forced to trade the romantic dream of her youth for a mundane marriage, based on outmoded rules and obligations. The portrait of Elizabeth Sera, the protagonist, is that of a woman ‘more sinned against than sinning’. Her attempt to balance the need for social respectability and the dictates of her heart lead to painful discoveries, which finally force her to assert her individuality against oppressive social norms.
Often, it is the tragedies that befall us that bring out the best in us in terms of creative talent. This is reflected in this short-story anthology. From the origins of life and its antithesis, death through tradition as opposed to modernity, through depredations and ravages of war, HIV/AIDS, marital infidelity, school experiences, to the importance of resilience, this anthology traverses a broad literary territory both in terms of themes and styles. Here you will find the voices of women from different parts of Uganda joined together by a commonality of concerns.
Some of the twelve works published in this anthology have won prestigious literary awards and prizes in their individual capacities or have made it to the shortlist, making this collection the best of the best. The patience, sensitivity for detail, and total absence of melodrama even in the most tragic of pieces, signal a watershed in Uganda’s literature and give the reader a glimpse of greater things to come.
Straddling two continents, Shock Waves Across The Ocean portrays the struggles of people trying to make sense of their lives, and of the web of relationship that holds them together. Nico – the trouble-shooter, Denis – her long-suffering husband, Cola – puerile and enigmatic, Jeremy – the pimp, Peter, Hazel, and Jenna. They are all part of a rich tapestry depicting the strength and foibles, joys and tragedies, as well, as well as greed and generosity, that characterise human life as it is lived from day to day. In these characters we see an authentic reflection of ourselves, of those things about us that we find admirable and those we find less flattering.
Beverly Nambozo Nsengiyunva, of Uganda’s Babishai Niwe Poetry, has said that; this is an intimate space of both familiar and unfamiliar subjects. The compelling narratives ranging from family, imbalances of power, death, global influences, and our perceptions of time, are undeniably gripping…every minute and every emotion is such a refreshing creation. This anthology, The Pot and Other Stories, is spellbinding and invaluable.
“The stories in this anthology are of varied voices and varied themes and varied tones, but they are told with heartfelt courage and passion.” – Ellen Aaku Banda, author of award winning novel; Patchwork.
A Season Of Mirth is a compendious analysis of dramatic and comic experience of a real village life. Set in Teso, Eastern Uganda, the novel depicts rural scenes, the highlights of which are the Okembe dance, the marriage of Anaro, OKanya’s eldest daughter to a police constable, and the birth of a son to Okanya, so long-awaited.
The novel revolves around the rhythm of village life and interpersonal relationships. Using a pervasive sense of psychological precision, the author exposes the woman’s subordinate role in a traditional setting and portrays the man (the protagonist Okanya, in this case) as a typical chauvinist, domineering, quarrelsome, pig-headed and selfish.
Written in simple, proverbially embellished language, with natural and realistic characters, A Season Of Mirth sparkles with humor and liveliness.
Kalinda is a page in Mwanga’s palace. His life is centered on pleasing the Kabaka. The beauty of Mwanga’s second wife, Nagawa, threatens his relationship with the Kabaka. Nagawa desperately wants to give Mwanga an heir, but the religios war with in Buganda, coordinated by Reverend Clement tests Kalinda and Nagawa’s loyalty towards their Kabaka.
Born after the birth of Berlin’s 1894 ghosts, Habineza lives shortly in the villages of Rwanda, until the 1959 Revolution when he and his family are forced to flee the country into Uganda – into the fangs of Idi Amin’s ghosts.
Believing that the ghosts of Idi Amin will never be exorcised, he leaves for his home country where he starts a family until the ghosts of 1994 emerge and set fire upon the highly inflammable Army, militia, and the people.
Again Habineza is on the run, this time in the company of his wife, two children, a journalist, and a family friend. Will they slip through the bloody roadblocks set up by the dreaded Intarahamwe militia? or will they remain in the overflowing rivers?
Will the UN rescue them? Or will the UN headquarter look the other way?
For so long, a successful career has been tagged to getting a job and due to the stifled job market currently, Frank Kabushenga found it very important to redefine the understanding of career and make it commensurate to the reality in the market place, with the purpose of inspiring all to overcome the economic vagaries and be able to live a prosperous life against all odds.
Surprisingly he keenly observed that while there is a vivid deadlock between the colonial successful career progression and the anticipated employment, not that everyone is affected. There are many who have paid little attention to academic career progression either circumstantially or intentionally and these make some of people who remain afloat of the economic vagaries. In this book he, together with views taken from some acclaimed career gurus, endeavor to position you for success whether academically successful or not by helping you develop a robust and smart career.
The Headline That Morning and Other poems is a poetry collection by Ugandan poet, Peter Kagayi. There are 50 poems in the book with wide ranging themes, from love and disillusionment to politics and to social commentary.
Alongside the book is an audio CD with 15 of the 50 poems in the book performed by Peter Kagayi featuring Hawa N Kimbugwe.
Africa has produced some of the best writing of the twentieth century from Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and the Nobel Laureates Wole Sonyika, Nadine Gordimer, J.M Coetzee and Doris Lessing, to more recent talents including Nuruddin Farah, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna and Brian Chikwava.
Africa 39 asks the question: who will be the next generation?
From the dazzling list of 39 writers chosen by the judges, Ellah Wakatama Alfrey has selected richly rewarding short stories, extracts from novels, fables and other work by writers from Africa south of the Sahara, or its diaspora, and created a collection of some of the most varied and exciting new work in world literature today by writers who are certainly going to be among the most celebrated of our time.
Sowing The Mustard Seed is a story of unflinching bravery. It is a story of unwavering search for a true, revolutionary and development-oriented leadership. The author takes the reader on a tell-all journey of the sacrifice that he and other young Ugandans decided to take in order to liberate their country from the jaws of helplessness to which the first post-independence governments had conspired to consign it.
In this spell-binding tale, told in the first-person voice, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni traces the journey of his life from his first few months on earth, through his education, after which he and other patriots embarked on a journey of seeking empowerment to overthrow the despotic regime of Idi Amin Dada. It also delves into other wars, such as the long-drawn-out bid to neutralise Joseph Kony’s ragtag Lord’s Resistance Army and professionalising the Ugandan army, after many years of secterianism. Besides illuminating the struggles of the past, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni shares his vision for Uganda and the pillars he has over the years put in place as President to ensure Uganda’s future is secure both economically and socailly.
Written in easily accessible but highly Africanised language, it is a tale of unstinting focus and commitment that will both inform and inspire the reader.
“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.
These diaries of farmer Meme and his sons Calana and Abel cover critical months in the life of the Jumai family. First published in 2003, the sharp contrast between the startling comedy of the narration and the tense circumstances of the diarists is as fresh as ever in this 10th anniversary edition of a new human classic.
Known as “the leopard, the president of Zaire for thirty-two years, Mobutu Sese Seko, showed all the cunning of his namesake – seducing Western powers, buying up the opposition, and dominating his people with a devastating combination of brutality and charm. While the population was pauperized, he plundered the country’s copper and diamond resources, downing pink champagne in his jungle palace like some modern-day reincarnation of Joseph Conrad’s crazed station manager.
Michela Wrong, a correspondent who witnessed Mobutu’s last days. traces the rise and fall of the idealistic young journalist who became the stereotype of an African despot. Engrossing, highly readable, and as funny as it tragic, In The Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz assesses the acts of the villains and the heroes in this fascinating story of the Democratic Republic of Congo.