Meet the Authors

Crossroads consists of 15 life stories, but only 11 authors — and one visual artist — are listed here. Two writers addressed subjects — sexual abuse of children and homosexuality — that are so sensitive in Uganda that they feared the social pressures that might arise if they used their real names. In the book, they go by the names Grace Namazzi and Julia Musiime. We regret that they will not receive the public accolades they deserve for their work, but greatly appreciate their courage and effort for sharing their personal experiences on these important topics. On a happier note, two writers, Lydia Namubiru and Peace Twine, wrote two stories each.


Harriet AnenaHarriete Anena-photo

is a poet and writer from Gulu, Uganda.

The author of “a Nation in Labour,” 

a poetry collection, she has widely published

poems and short stories.

In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Ghana Poetry Prize.

She finds pleasure in bullying words for poetic pleasure.



DSC_0079Caroline Ariba is a features writer with The New Vision,

a newspaper based I Kampala, Uganda.

Hailing all the way from the eastern district of Kumi

in Uganda’s Teso region,

she dreams of a career in travel

where she can experience

and write about different cultures.


Sophie Nuwagira Bamwoyeraki was bornDSC_0041

in southwestern Uganda, but now lives

in Kampala, where she works

as a teacher of English and literature

in an international school.

She is a member of Uganda Women Writers’ Association,

FEMRITE. She writes short stories and poetry.


DSC_0192Elvania M. Bazaala

is a freelance architect

born and raised in the suburbs of Kampala.

Her greatest weaknesses are sports and chocolate.

She believe that the happenstances of life

are the reason

this world is colorful.


Shifa Mwesigye is a journalist, science writer

and blogger. She has won a number of awards,

including recognition from the

CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards.

She is a mother of wonderful twins,

and spends her spare time

trying to award equal attention to them

as they vie for her undivided attention.


DSC_0051 (2)Lydia Namubiru is a journalist based in Kampala, Uganda,

and mother of  brilliant daughter, Hailey.

A graduate of Makerere University,

she is a program associate

for the African Center for Media Excellence.

She has worked as a newspaper reporter

and program analyst for

international nongovernment organizations.


Nakisanze Segawa is a performance poetDSC_0101

working in Luganda, her native language.

She has published poems and short stories

in English and Luganda, and recently completed

her first novel. Spiritually, she has gone back to her roots,

and is a fully-converted adherent to African traditional religion.


DSC_0055Rosey Sembatya

loves words and dogs.

She has a short story, “Nine Lives,”

to her name, published in a collection

entitled “Summoning the Rains” (2012).

Rosey manages an education consultancy

that compiles interactive learning texts for students.


DSC_0032Peace Twine holds a Master of Arts

with post-graduate training in gender

and human/women’s rights.  A teacher by profession,

she has worked with civil society, and is a director

of a secondary school and a member

of a number of organizations at the national

and regional levels. She is a grandmother.



DSC_0086Hilda Twongyeirwe is a founding member

of Femrite, the Uganda Women Writers Association.

She is a member of other art and cultural initiatives,

and is a published writer of short stories

and children’s books.

The mother of one daughter and two sons,

she is passionate about women and children’s  issues.


 Laura M. Walusimbi lives in Kampala, Uganda. Laura Widget

She is married and has been blessed

with two precious boys.

She now works as a freelance journalist

and   consulting editor.

Her greatest desire

is to see that her children enjoy their  school years.



Christopher Conte is a writer, editor and media consultant

 based in Washington, DC.  A former reporter and editor

 for the Wall Street Journal,  he has traveled and consulted 

on economic development issues and journalism. He lived

in Uganda from 2008 to 2010,  and considers the country

his second home.


Ronnie Ogwang, whose painting “Secret Admirer” Ronnie Ogwang photoadorns the book cover,

is a professional visual artist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts

in Industrial Fine Arts and Design from Makerere University. He has had exhibitions

in Uganda, Kenya, Australia and Germany, and has worked for the

US National Library of Medicine and the Central Bank of Uganda.

He loves to paint the female figure, and believes women

are the most important part of society.