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Acan Innocent Immaculate

If the recently-concluded Writivism festival is anything to go by, then the dawn of fresh names and covers in African literature is nigh.

Uganda museum played host to the CACE-organized Writivism 2016 festival under the theme “Restoring Connection” to embrace writing uniquely and rewarding those that have beautifully jotted their thoughts down.

The festival that ran in the last week of August saw Sun Down qualifying Innocent Acan lmmaculate as the only Ugandan lady among the shortlisted writers. For a patron, the museum looked like a library instead of the bastion of artifacts it normally is.

The festival brought together many writers – young and old – from all corners of Africa. Harriet Anena, a Ugandan poet, Panashe Chigumadzi, a young Zimbabwean novelist with her first novel Sweet Medicine, Chuma Nwokolo the Nigerian and his How to Spell Naija, Nakisanze Segawa, a Ugandan with her long- anticipated historical novel The Triangle, were some of those in attendance.

Anena had earlier in the week brought the house down as she re-staged her poetry showcase, I Bow For My Boobs. Directed by Pamela Acaye, I Bow For My Boobs is from Anena’s collection, A Nation In Labour; much of the work talks about politics, although the author notes that her style of wordplay is “political erotica”.

There were other memorable works such as Yewande Omoto’s The Woman Next Door that held such promise for the future of Africa’s literature.

Writivism has in the past been taking place at the National theatre every June, and the shift to the museum and to August caused a clash of literature festivities as Babishai Niwe Poetry festival was happening on the other side of town.

Unlike last year where many local authors were missing in action, this edition had their presence felt especially with the launch of Segawa’s The Triangle. The festival also screened African films adopted from books written by African writers.


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