Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

About the Author Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire is a Ugandan lawyer and writer. He is a 2015 Harry Frank Guggenheim Young African Scholar and African Leadership Centre Fellow in Peace, Security and Development. He has in the past taught Human Rights and Legal Theory at Makerere, Uganda Christian and Uganda Martyrs universities. His commentary has been published by This is Africa, Chimurenga Chronic, Africa in Words, Africa is a Country, African Arguments, Music and Literature among others. He is also a co-founder of the Kampala based Centre for African Cultural Excellence.

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On Stella Nyanzi: Where can public intellectuals do their work in Museveni’s Uganda?

Academic, creative writer and human rights activist Stella Nyanzi has been charged with cyber harassment of President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon in Kampala. This followed two months of her intensive criticism of Janet Museveni, the country’s Minister Education and wife to the President, over the government’s reneging on an electoral promise to supply free sanitary pads to school going menstruating girls.

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Uganda’s leader, Yoweri Museveni, treats pan-Africanism as a ‘pick and play’ game

African leaders are the biggest abusers of the concept of pan-Africanism. For them it is a mere rhetorical device that has nothing at all do with practice. Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire traces Yoweri Museveni’s history of collaborating with the West and how he nevertheless still manages to style himself as a pan-Africanist anti-imperialist.

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An Interview with Lidudumalingani: winner of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing

In July 2016, Lidudumalingani became the first male South African writer to win the Caine Prize for African Writing with his story ‘Memories we Lost,’ published in the anthology Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You. Lidudumalingani is described on the Caine Prize website as a writer, filmmaker and photographer, born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in a village called Zikhovane. His winning story is set in a rural area and deals with schizophrenia. TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire caught up with Lidudumalingani to talk about the Caine Prize, writing female characters, multi-media storytelling and the decolonisation of South African literature.

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Between Our Selves: An Interview with Panashe Chigumadzi

At the age of 25, Panashe Chigumadzi is one of the most prominent intellectual voices in South Africa. Born to Zimbabwean parents, she is currently a Ruth First fellow at the University of Witwatersrand. She is the founder of Vanguard magazine and is part of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. She worked for the Africa Business News Group as a reporter for CNBC and as a columnist for Forbes Woman Africa. In September 2015, her widely acclaimed debut novel, Sweet Medicine, was published by Blackbird Books. TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire caught up with Panashe to talk about writing, activism and the importance of black-owned media spaces.