Odokonyero: a Writivism Anthology of Short Fiction from Emerging Ugandan Writers


“[T]he fruit of many labours,” ~ Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

After five years of promoting African ideas through arts and culture, the Centre for African Cultural Excellence takes a moment to reflect on its history as well as the literary history of Uganda. Out of this reflection comes Odokonyero is a special anthology featuring emerging Ugandan writers.

The co-editors, Madhu Krishnan and Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire write, “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.”

This anthology brings together the voices of young emerging Ugandan writers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five to explore and interrogate the theme of violence. Through workshops and mentorship, what emerged were stories which explore the legacies of armed conflict, stories which focus on intergenerational and family conflict, stories which look at conflicts between the genders, and stories which look at conflict within the self.


The stories in Odokonyero came out of workshops organised as part of the celebration of five years of Writivism.

The featured stories are by 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 Fred Sunday, Edna Ninsiima, Semakula Emmanuel, Aber Racheal Aboda, and Godiva Akullo.

co-edited by Madhu Khrishnan and Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

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