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.


Real time conversation: Juliana Kanyomozi “keeps getting better and better.”

But since “Nakazadde” she packs more words into a phrase and therefore challenges what good phrasing is. And now with “Woman” her phrases are so sparsely worded. Still challenging how many words it takes for a phrase to hold a tune. I see it as an Africanizaion of that whole shit. Lugandization of musical timing.

URA: Women succeeding women

In more recent news, we now have Patience Rubagumya taking the office of URA Commissioner Legal Services that was left vacant after Akol succeeded Kagina.

I want to be fair to all genders… but I must admit, I kind of like this URA succession.

The Four Generations of the Women’s Movement in Africa- Alternate frame by Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe

I was delighted to be sitting in the room when Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe was talking about the history of the Women’s Movement in Africa, and she used an alternate frame that she called “the four generations of the Women’s Movement in Africa.”

She had women from all over the continent as examples, but I am going to go ahead and give examples from just Uganda in each generation. Some women, however, fit in more than one generation. Please comment with more examples.

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.

Jessica Horn defines African feminism

Jessica Horn (2013): “As a uniting idea, I would define African feminisms as a set of collective thoughts, a set of collective dreams and a set of collective actions which are, as Africans, which are trying to engage, trying to understand and ultimately, trying to change patriarchal power relations. “Patriarchal power relations” meaning the structuring of our world in the collective interests of men. So not about individuals but about the collective power interests of men; and transforming that.”