Waigo: Women’s contribution to arts has predominately been as the subject during creation

Mon pi Mon was very excited to hear about the female visual arts exhibition Aphra Arts Organisation was putting together as part of Uganda’s 54th Independence anniversary. The pop-up exhibition will feature the Future Female Visual Artists (Kampala) collective of female visual artists age 19-24 years old, who are based in Uganda. In celebration of Ugandan Independence Asiimwe Caroline, Guma Ruth, Nalungo Sharifah, Namutosi Martha and Piloya Irene will be showing new works and others in progress at 32º East, Ugandan Arts Trust in Kansanga on Oct 7th.
We sought out Artistic Director and Founder, Yvonne Waigo, and asked her some questions:

Somi offers easy listening and intelligent discourse

Indeed, we are only witnessing the evolution of a musician between two continents, and whose music shades light on the in-between of Africa and America. Her live performance at the historical Village Vanguard in New York, includes a favorite of my Bob Marley songs, ‘Waiting in Vain’. In a stripped-down arrangement with only guitar and voice, it brings the listener to hear Marley’s huge vocal lyricism, and just how intimate his work was. In her own rendition, we recognize the immediacy of Somi’s vocal abilities and her interpretative powers–the mark of a real jazz singer.

Interview: Nyana Kakoma on Sooo Many Stories, women writers and Modjaji Books

Nyana: I hope it makes us readers more interested in our stories because that demand and interest will in turn make writers want to tell our different stories. I hope more people who never believed writing could be a real thing, get encouraged to write. I hope we raise the standard of stories told and how they are told. I hope what makes us Ugandan does not die because we will have written about it. That’s my vision for Sooo Many Stories.

Uganda Natural Hair blogs and resources

We’ve been following- and loving- Nacho Hair Lover for awhile now. So we’re super excited that Bella (EnviriZaNacho Founder and Superstar) blogged on the resources and other communities discussing natural hair and beauty.

Calling on all Ugandan women photographers

We have not found that many. We are creating an archive and so far, we have: Maria Wamala, Rachel Mabala, Verone Akankunda, Tessa Lwanga, and our wonderful ally Jacqueline Auma.
It doesn’t have to be political and you don’t have to be teargassed (being a photojournalist includes a lot of physical threat). We want to hear from, and about, Ugandan women that are active photographers.

Jennifer Makumbi’s next novel is “feminist with a capital F!”

Yes, I am working currently on a novel called Nnambi. I suspect that the title might change because while it plays with Nnambi the mythical figure, this is not her story and it is not in dialogue with the first novel but due to the oral traditions (as the first man and woman) there is a kind of conversation between the novels. The new novel is set between 1965 and 1983 without dealing with the history of the time. It is a feminist novel with capital F!