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In 2017, the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) initiative celebrated its fifth anniversary. This anthology, bringing together short fiction by emerging Ugandan writers, is a celebration of Writivism’s five years. The anthology also comes out of a desire: to showcase the kinds of stories young people across Uganda are interested in telling and offer opportunities for imagining other lives and other minds.

The stories in this anthology attest to the diversity and richness of perspectives through which conflict might be examined, ranging from stories which explore the legacies of armed conflict, to stories which focus on intergenerational and family conflict, to stories which look at conflicts between genders and stories which look at conflict within the self. The picture that emerges is one of fullness, richness and vitality, enabling a more nuanced and complex picture, painted by emerging Ugandan writers, than is often heard on a world stage.

Product Details

Number of stories: 18

The writers of the stories: George Ocen, Twasiima Patricia Bigirwa, Charlotte Akello, Brian Oduti, Auma Dilish Priscilia, Kakinda Maria Birungi, Okello Isaac Apen, Marjorie Nassolo, Abalo Irene Otto, Shelah Owino, Gladys Oroma, Jacob Katumusiime, Esther Mirembe, Mugisha Fresh Sunday, Edna Ninsiima, Semakula Emmanuel, Aber Racheal Aboda and Godiva Akullo

Paperback: 212 pages

Publisher: Black Letter Media

ISBN-13: 978-0987019837


“These explorations of conflict will take you to familiar places and times in your own and yet shatter some preconceived notions. Culture, identity and fate intertwine as characters triumph, fail and throw caution to the wind in the pursuit of freedom and happiness. Odokonyero is a diamond, with 18 young Ugandan voices sitting on different faces of it compelling you to hear them. I enjoyed it immensely.” – Angela Rwabose, journalist, writer, editor and Writivism short story Prize 2017 judge

“In a skillful combination of reality and fiction, the stories carry an irresistible blend of art and message. The diverse backgrounds of the contributors and their speech to local realities lend the anthology incredible power to contextually speak to and inspire students of literature.” – Dr. Jimmy Spire Ssentongo, chair of the Centre for African Studies at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi

“The writings styles are as diverse as the personal backgrounds of the writers, giving the collection a rich variety that is one of its cardinal strengths. The stories are beautifully written, giving you a great time even as you ruminate over the weevils boring into the tissue of Ugandan society, as well as those things we can savour – some with a subtle hint of humour; some with nary a thing to laugh about.” – Bob G. Kisiki, author of The King Gang, and Disserted