/> BY RICHARD WETAYA Victor Ochen, a Ugandan grassroots activist has been basking in the glow of his nomination for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Ochen was nominated on the 17th of February by the American Friends Service Committee, an organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Online stories about Ochen and his work have been going viral and there have been congratulatory messages galore. Venerable personalities such as Desmond Tutu, Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court prosecutor, Ruhakana Ruganda, Uganda’s Prime Minister and Trust Africa, an independent foundation that works to…
By Richard Wetaya Few Ugandan basketball fans had heard of Stanley Ocitti until he made his debut for the Silver-Bucks (Uganda’s men’s national basketball team) at the 2015 Afro Basket in Tunisia. Ocitti put on a clinic, impressing with his repertoire of skills, ranging from the fluid perimeter shots, deep range and aggression on both ends of the court. His debut heralded a new dawn for the much maligned Silver-bucks front court. In the estimation of many, the Silver-bucks had at long last, gotten a reliable offensive weapon; a 6 ft 8 and a 104 kg big man with mid…
James Whistler, a famous nineteenth century American painter once said painting is visual poetry. While he may have said it in a different context, parallels can undeniably be drawn between his statement and the ingenious paintings of 35 year-old Ugandan visual artist, Veroniccah Muwonge. It is easy to notice at first blush, that Muwonge wields a skilful painting brush. Hers is a paint brush that sketches expressionist and evocative art pieces. Most if not all of Muwonge’s paintings are heartfelt portrayals of everything from nature, traditional African cultures, people’s behaviours and everyday experiences of people she meets. In a sense,…
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