In the foreword, Kagayi Ngobi, the founding editor of the Kitara Nation Poetry Series casually runs over the founding mission of Kitara Nation, and if you haven't been paying attention to the writing scene in East Africa, a sentence like "the poems in this anthology were collected from the various poetry programs run in/for Ugandan High Schools between 2017 and 2018 to popularize poetry as a culture of performance arts" may spill the water it is carrying through our literary desert.
"This book has punctured the popular view of prisoners as undesirables against whom society needs to protect itself. It has brought out the wealth of talents, the creativity and above all, the shared humanity of those who have, for one reason or another, found themselves behind bars. The stories and poems in this volume not only convey to us the degrading experience and defeated aspirations of prisoners but also quite often, the deep remorse felt about the past as well as the yearning to be reabsorbed in mainstream society"-Professor Arthur Gakwandi
There. Now you know who my Valentine was and you have a few reasons to pass by Brisk Lounge the next time you hear about Books and Brunch. I should add that you will not only stock up on lovely bookmarks (which you usually get with your purchase) but the setting is perfect for meeting the kind of people you may have longed for in secondary school. And there is food. Did I mention that? There is food!
For Dr. Spire, cartoons are our way of going around/ living with difficult realities. If we did not find a way of laughing about these things like corruption, political madness, disease, poverty, poor social services perhaps they would have killed us earlier than they do.
Idi Amin himself was quite an enigma and his rule was colored with horror and enchantment in equal part. The Professor captures the murderous appeal of his soldiers, his rise to power from cook to the president of the country, and some of the international scandals and squabbles.