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Archive for the ‘Society and culture’ category

  • A wedding fit for the King

    May 18, 13 • 9751 views 2 comments

    There was an explosion of noise as the Kabaka arrived for Prince David Wasajja’s wedding at Rubaga Cathedral, Kampala. It’s not every day (week / month / lifetime) that you get an invitation to a Royal Wedding, so what’s a girl to...

  • The changing face of Kampala slums

    Mar 16, 13 • 16423 views 17 comments

    I love Namuwongo, it’s where I first fell in love with Uganda but I’m sure many Ugandans would shudder hearing that. Like many other Kampala slums, Namuwongo slums have a history: they were a no-go area for many years. It’s no...

  • Ugawood: The Struggling Film Industry in Uganda and Nigeria

    Jan 5, 13 • 7160 views 4 comments

    We’re all familiar with Africa as a film set – from Blood Diamond to the Last King of Scotland, western filmmakers have big budgets, high spec gear and access to cheap flights. As such, the world is their filmic oyster and for many...

  • Are muzungus all rich?

    Nov 17, 12 • 21065 views 15 comments

    Being a Muzungu (having a white skin) defines me as rich, or so the Rollex man tells me: “For us we know you are rich.” Let’s talk English semantics here: when he says he knows I’m rich, he could also mean he believes I am rich. Are...

  • 50 reasons why I love Uganda

    Oct 6, 12 • 32269 views 52 comments

    As one of the shiny new fighter jets flies over my house, no doubt practising for this Tuesday’s independence day fly-past, I’m mulling over the week-end papers, full of stories about Uganda@50 and what the last 50 years of independence...

  • Do you want to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda?

    Jul 24, 12 • 10317 views 13 comments

    “Welcome to your home for the next few days” said Eunice, as we sat down for afternoon tea and gorilla trekking Rwanda travel advice at the outdoor reception of Le Bambou Gorilla Resort, Kinigi. After 12 hours on the bus, 10 hours from...

  • Down in the slum, after the rain

    Jul 14, 12 • 5034 views 8 comments

      The air is damp and heavy, the air is cool and last week’s fine dusty fine marram earth is compacted beneath our feet. Limbs have been torn off the Pawpaw tree the other side of the compound wall and a single giant leaf, over four metres...

  • Can you play the Xylophone?

    Jun 27, 12 • 4655 views 9 comments

    Check out the guys playing the giant xylophone at Kikorongo! “Community tourism” bundles up a diverse range of activities – and can be great fun! – as a lucky group of us found out on a three-day UCOTA / Pearls of...

  • #UgandaisnotSpain – first published in 2012

    Jun 17, 12 • 3121 views 5 comments

    #UgandaisnotSpain Er … we knew that. The American showman, entertainer and sometime scam artist, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810 – 1891) was remembered for founding his famous circus and for a number of well-known sayings, such as...

  • Yes, we have no bananas

    May 27, 12 • 6310 views 18 comments

    Bananas are Uganda’s favourite fast food. They require no preparation, no refrigeration – and they’re cheap; just reach out your arm and you’ll find one – in villages, along the roadside, in the corner shop and balanced...

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