Photographs in Between Place and Memory

Photographs in Between Place and Memory

Reviewing a monograph on Ugandan photographer Deo Kyakulagira’s archives Image from the book Ebifananyi I: The Photographer: Deo Kyakulagira   Photographs often testify in the court of the real. In this case, the…

Kwani? A Journal's claim to the New Kenya

Kwani? A Journal’s claim to the New Kenya

As the brainchild of Caine Prize winner Binyavanga Wainaina, Kwani? Journal boasts a history of provocative writings on identity and the nation of Kenya, changing the image of Kenyan literature worldwide. Kwani? 07…

A Bird of Love in Exile

Rais Neza Boneza | A Bird of Love in Exile

In 1910, a relatively unknown Igor Stravinsky composed his first orchestral dance suite The Firebird. Stravinsky drew on Slavic folklore to orchestrate the magical firebird; a ballet that alighted the Russian composer’s career….

Tolerence & Humility, Brooding Letters to Nigeria

Tolerence & Humility, Brooding Letters to Nigeria

Ever since I can recall, road travel has terrified me. It may have something to do with the grotesque scenes of road accidents splayed in the papers. Back in the 1990s, that was…

Thought Structures, Deconstructing a Ugandan State of Mind

Thought Structures, Deconstructing a Ugandan State of Mind

How one Ugandan poet, Peter Kagayi, is surviving the literary desert one step at a time. It is a thwarting affair to talk about ‘Ugandan writing’, a domain infamously described by Ugandan-Sudanese poet…

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