“Rugarama” by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

Early this year, a group of Ugandan writers travelled to Kabale as part of the FEMRITE writers’ caravan. I was one of them, and in this JALADA issue bring you the highlights of one of the evenings.

We were at Rugarama hill. The home of Kigezi diocese. Kigezi High School. Bishop Barham University College. And many more institutions. I hope you enjoy the reportage.

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Sometime in February, we boarded a Caravan van, courtesy of the Association of Ugandan Women Writers (FEMRITE) to Kabale. The we are Jason Ntaro of the Lantern Meet of Poets, Ernest Tashobya Katwesigye, lawyer, writer and educationist, Fred Musisi, country representative of the Danish Centre for Culture and Development, Glaydah Namukasa, chair of FEMRITE, Hilda Twongyeirwe, the FEMRITE executive director and Juliet Kushaba, also of FEMRITE. In Kabale, we found Lillian Tindyebwa, writer and lecturer at Kabale University, and Prof. Manuel Muranga, the principal of Bishop Barham University College, a constituent college of Uganda Christian University. This evening, we are climbing the Rugarama hill to talk about Literary Activism. What is its influence on building a market for literature? It’s the debate, oba dialogue’s theme. The speakers include Lillian Tindyebwa, Glaydah Namukasa, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire and Hilda Twongyeirwe.

And so it rained. Not just cats and dogs but elephants too…

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