Category Archive for "Personal Reflections"

Le lieu est personnel

Due to public demand, we’ve had requests to translate some of our wonderful articles into other languages for our audience that’s not always English-speaking. It’s our pleasure therefore to bring you Leila Aboulela’s “Place is Personal,” translated into French by…

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Chasing Elephants in Mole by Pede Hollist

Not often do we come across a beautiful essay that combines personal memoir with travel and the creative language of poetry. Pede’s story, “Chasing Elephants in Mole” first published in World View magazine: The University of Tampa Office of International…

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Writing My Truth: Hellen Nyana

By Guest writer, Hellen Nyana It has taken me a while to introduce myself as a writer.  Sure, I may tell my family and friends that I write but I rarely introduce myself as a writer. So when I was invited…

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How The Uganda International Writers Conference changed my life.

By Guest writer: Shadreck Chikoti ( Malawi) The first piece I ever wrote in my life, which never saw the corridors of any publishing house, and whose whereabouts I can’t track, was a poem. So I started off on my…

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The Nature(s) of African Writers

Ekene Oboko

Written by Davina Kawuma By today’s standards, I wasted my teenage years. Consequently, I am filled with spite and resent today’s teenagers (who win Olympic gold medals, transform themselves   into whatchamacallit-preneurs, and develop mobile apps during their lunch breaks)….

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As we struggle with the loss of Chinua Achebe

Goretti Kyomuhendo [quote style=”boxed”]Hence, my journey and inspiration as a writer started the day I read Things Fall Apart, though I did not know it then.   — Goretti Kyomuhendo, 2012.  [/quote] African Writers Trust would like to hear your thoughts…

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Place Is Personal, says Leila Aboulela

Article written by Leila Aboulela Until I was nineteen, my family and I lived in a villa on Street 7, in the New Extension of Khartoum not far from the airport. For a long, steady time, I walked on the…

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Life after a Dictator

How I started writing: Steve Mwase

Article written by Steve Mwase, Capt Rtd & Author. Writing is not as simple as I used to imagine. I developed an idea for a book right after I retired from the army in 1992. I started to write in…

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Beyond The Writing Role

Often a writer is expected to play a major role in society, not only as a cultural agent through writing but also as an activist and well, change agent, giving timely views and opinions on whatever is going on or…

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Dr. Susan Kiguli

Finding money for the arts

By Goretti Kyomuhendo In my 15 years as a cultural worker, I don’t remember any one moment when I found it easy to raise funds to do my work. It has always been a struggle. Culture, and any work related…

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