Writivism, an organization promoting African Literature and supporting emerging writers, is set to publish 18 young writers in its new anthology book titled “Odokonyero.”
The eighteen young Ugandan writers featured in the anthology include Aber Racheal Aboda, a Senior Six student at Pope John Paul II College, Kakinda Maria Birungi, shortlisted for the 2016 BN Poetry Award, and George Ocen, a law student at Makerere University, among others.
According to Bob Kisiki, author of the Kind Gang, the array of writers featured in Odokonyero are representative of various dichotomies across the Ugandan community.
“They deal with an assortment of issues that bedevil the political, social and cultural landscapes of contemporary Uganda. They handle such issues as terrorism, drunkenness, disease and the country’s inability to handle it; crime and police [lack of] capacity to deal with it, down to such personal issues like career, religion and relationships”.
Kisiki while talking to Chimpreports on Thursday added that their writing styles are as diverse as the personal background for the writers, giving the collection a rich variety that is one of its cardinal strengths.
Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire who co-edited the anthology said that while opportunities for published and professional writers to develop their craft are increasing, comparably few exist for novice or aspiring writers who live in Uganda.
“Our aim, in developing this anthology, was to fill this gap by giving emerging Ugandan writers and youth generally – some of whom had never even written a full short story before, let alone published one – a platform to develop their own creative voice”.