“The Facebook post is important because it is instant.” Stella Nyanzi and the making of a social media icon
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.
In a new memoir, Ngugi wa Thiong’o revisits his time at Makerere and leaves Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire with a nostalgia for a university that once was.
Several readers, reviewers, writers and critics have recently responded to the release of Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers. Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire weighs in on the debate.
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.
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.
Even if he is a US President, Obama represented a ray of hope for Pan Africanist concerns and a potential revolutionary moment. Now that his second term in office comes to an end, TIA’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire counts the losses.
Ugandans go to the polls on February 18, 2016 to decide who will lead the country for the next five years. TIA contributor, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, asks whether this year’s poll is any different from previous elections.
As the new year begins, TIA’s contributor Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire takes us through a list of the most outstanding books released in 2015.