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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.