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:

Melissa Kiguwa: “I center the woman. I center the feminine.”

Kagendo Murungi gave us permission to transcribe her interview with Ugandan feminist and poet Melissa Kiguwa. We are not going to transcribe all of it- not just because there is almost an hour of it, but also because we want you to listen to it.

This quote, in which we completely love Kiguwa, starts from around 31:44 and ends at 36:00

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.

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!

Income generation for women in post-war Uganda: An interview with Chris Blattman

“Women in Uganda have a lot more freedom and autonomy to begin with, compared to women in a lot of other poor countries, so it is not an unusual result. There are a lot of women in the Parliament; it is not unusual to see the leader of a village being a woman. It is not common—I don’t know if it is less than 10 percent—but the fact that a woman can be the leader or a justice is a significant difference when compared with other places. In that case, just like there are diminishing returns to capital for the men because they started out from a higher point, it might be that women are already starting with sufficient autonomy and even doubling their income won’t change matters.”