October 23, 2018

Having personally spent more than a decade collaborating with artists, friends and colleagues at the International Library of African Music (ILAM) and related community organisations, this summer’s curatorial residency based at ILAM proved to be a significant step forw...

July 11, 2018

For nearly a decade now mobile money services have been seen as having the potential to transform communities in Africa by making it easier to save, access, and send money securely.  By the end of 2017, Uganda’s mobile money industry was handling transactions worth hal...

November 4, 2017

Two weeks into my fieldwork at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Kampala, Uganda I start to go slightly stir-crazy. I spend the majority of my days at the center and the moment that I almost break is on a Thursday after my fourth consecutive day. I am sitting...

September 24, 2017

Willy Ssali, Sam Ddamba and Phillip Kayongo met each other in Bwebajja village, 11km south of Uganda’s capital city the early 1990s. Ssali was born and grew up on Bwebajja village and Ddamba and Kayongo had just arrived from villages in Masaka-Buddu 120 kms west of Kam...

August 16, 2017

I arrived in Kampala, Uganda in May carrying a suitcase scattered with items to manage my own cleanliness, advice from those back home about what to eat and what not to eat, reminders of the importance of hand washing and washing in general, and questions about latrine...

July 2, 2017

When I arrived in Accra, Ramadan was just beginning. The zongos, particularly Nima where I spent most of my time, are full of Muslim community members as well as multiple neighborhood mosques. Every day, one could hear to melodic, almost hypnotic, calls to prayer five...

July 1, 2017

The extended period Alcinda Honwana[i] and others have referred to as “waithood” is part of everyday life for many young people in Uganda’s capital city Kampala.  Limited opportunities for secure employment and delays in schooling due to lack of fees can delay the achi...

After stopping by Makerere University, we decided to make a stop to see Nankya Elizabeth.  Nankya is an herbalist who runs her business out of a kiosk located in the small streets that lie behind some of Kampala’s largest nightclubs.  We found her at her shop, seated b...

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