Friday, October 7th, 2011

Music Break / Michael Kiwanuka

Another Michael Kiwanuka tune.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The “colorful” women of Karamoja

By Dan Moshenberg Somebody call Paul Gauguin. The site of exotic exploration of bare naked, happy  “backward”, “traditional”, and yet, magically, beautiful women has moved from Tahiti to Karamoja, in northeastern Uganda. According to media responses to...

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Typecasting Binyavanga Wainaina

By Caitlin Chandler How do you write about a place that occupies a mythic place in the imagination of outsiders? And how do you write about national and personal identity when identity does not obey the neat...

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Music Break / Maurice Kirya

“Wooye” by Ugandan crooner Maurice Kirya.  

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Helen of Kampala

I’ve been wondering when The New York Times would do an analysis piece on the political protests in Uganda and what angle they would take. They have now. Reporter Josh Kron (is he new in the region?)...

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Africa’s media considered

By Elliot Ross, Guest Blogger We don’t give Africa a pass just because we are Africans. It’s a mistake to respond to blanket negative coverage with blanket positive coverage. Africa is overexposed not underexposed. We just get...

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

‘For the Africans in the Diaspora’

From somewhere in American suburbia, the very frank, at times trite The Ten Minute Fix, a Youtube “talk show” series with an East African bias. Here’s the raison d’etre: “This idea was born from the sheer fact...

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Mamdani on Uganda

The Ugandan intellectual Mahmood Mamdani is back in Uganda–since last year he’s been heading up the Makerere (University) Institute of Social Research (MISR) in the capital Kampala–where he has already pronounced on the “consultancy culture” in Ugandan (and continental)...

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Forcing Museveni from Power

Journalist Pascal Zachary–on his blog Africa Works–argues that the protests in Uganda that started April 4, are strategically “ill-timed” and that opposition leader Kizza Besigye (shot in the hand, and in jail at present), while brave, can...

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Democracy in Uganda

In February this year, for the umpteeth time, Life President Yoweri Museveni scored an overwhelming victory in presidential elections in Uganda. Now–with the aid of the country’s police–Museveni wants to destroy and himiliate the only candidate that...

Monday, April 4th, 2011

‘Making Rwanda a more tragic place than it needs to be’

Stephen Smith in The London Review of Books: I am not arguing that we should all know everything there is to know about Rwanda. My point is that we don’t seem to want to know what happened...

Friday, March 11th, 2011

BBC: “Is Homosexuality Un-African?

This weekend the BBC World Service (on satellite TV and its radio service) will broadcast an edited version of a debate on gay rights in Africa. The debate was taped in Johannesburg, South Africa." The key focus...

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Save the Museum (in Uganda)

Just about this time last year, Uganda lost a priceless part of its cultural heritage when the Kasubi Tombs were burnt down. The tombs were a UNESCO World Heritage Site and were built in 1882 – the...

Friday, March 4th, 2011

‘The Worst Place To Be Gay’

Brett Davidson In a documentary broadcast recently on the BBC, the British DJ Scott Mills travels to Uganda and reports on the rampant homophobia there. (That’s Mills, above, in a still from the film with Ugandan gay...

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Puppet History

Ugandan director Peter Muhumuza Tukei’s short film “Kengere” was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year.  (He also directed a short “Ink,” about a 10-year-old girl who creates another reality using paper silhouettes. He has just returned...

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Being Gay in Africa

The problem is the way I dress. Everyone is asking, ‘is that a boy or a girl?’ In clubs, when ladies can get in for free, they push us, tell us we are not ladies and that...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Statement by Bloggers on the Murder of David Kato

“We the undersigned wish to express our deep sadness at the murder of Ugandan human rights defender David Kato on 26th January 2011.  David’s activism  began in the 1980s as an Anti-Apartheid campaigner where he first expressed...

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Deafening Silence

Has there been a deafening silence from African artists and musicians following the murder of gay activist David Kato? This Is Africa seems to think so, and I can find nothing to contradict them. As that blog points...

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

“Wow, Africans on skateboards, so cool”

Yan Gross, the Swiss photographer and skateboarder–in an interview with South African journalist, Sean O’Toole, in Frieze (January/February 2011)–mocking the reaction of journalists, photographers and filmmakers, who flocked to Kampala, Uganda, after his self-published photoseries of a...

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Life and Death of David Kato

By Heather Doyle I first had the opportunity to meet David Kato three years ago when he and another colleague from the gay rights organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) flew from Uganda to Kenya to help us...

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Coming Out in Uganda

Frank Mungisha, an Ugandan gay rights activist included in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40” list last year, will speak at The New School in Manhattan tomorrow night about his experiences. From the promotional material: He has played...

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

‘5 Networks that Matter in East Africa’

Rakesh Rajani, the head of Tanzanian “citizen-centered initiative”, Twaweza, on the “five key networks that need to be considered and collaborated with in development efforts.” According to the World Bank Blog Rajani’s insights are based on “years...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Do you need another rap film?

Not, “Do you want another rap?”, but two documentaries on Hip Hop, with a similar focus, set in the same country, Uganda. Which for me, makes the differences in their presentation style all the more startling.

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The Kaddu Wasswa Archive

Dutch photographer Andrea Stultiens met Ugandan Kaddu Wasswa in 2008 through his grandson, photographer Arthur Kisitu. Born in 1933, Wasswa played a role in his community as a teacher and social worker. These days, Wasswa is a...

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Uganda is Sinking

Increased flooding of the Semliki river, forming the official boundary between the DRC and Uganda, has led to major shifts in its course. As James Randerson reports in the Guardian the moving river has meant the loss of farmland...

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Where does the money go?

Brett Davidson How transparent are governments? How easy is it for citizens to get hold of information about how governments are spending their money? It is this question that a recent international research project set out to...

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Tell ‘Em to Skate*

The Uganda Skateboard Union has (deservedly) been getting a lot of love lately. We’ve written about them a couple of times (here and here), and they’ve been featured in the UK Independent, GOOD, and now in the...

Friday, May 7th, 2010


Sean wrote this piece about the great Uganda Skateboarding Union earlier this year. They’ve blown up as of late, and this video shows you why. The sounds provided by the East African Bashment Crew aren’t a bad...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Homosexuality is Illegal in 37 African Countries

Radio Netherlands International has a 51-minute, really good, program on the hysteria and violence against gay people on the continent. Guest include Ian Swartz, founder of a gay rights organisation in Namibia, and Scott Long from Human...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Homophobia in Africa

“…. In the last six months we have seen the expression of homophobia with the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill; the arrest of gay Malawian couple, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, for getting married;  most recently the appointment of...

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