This book, the first anthology of its kind, encompasses poems collected from 3 different national High School poetry programs. It could perhaps be the only book of this kind in East Africa.
“So I seize the vocabulary of complaint
And transform it into a language of discontent
For long I have endured being soft-hearted
But I can’t bear being soft-headed.
If only words were bullets that shoot our tormentors!
“Those that slice and dice us
Into us and them, we and they
Those that dissect our society into layers of class.
Those that describe us in shapes and size
And see is through lenses of slavery.
“I talk of those ingrates
Those corrupt, carnivorous, hyenas.
Who have stripped Africa naked of her dignity
And plastered her colonial wounds
With bondages of civil wars and genocide…”
CLARION CALL by Nakaweesa Ruth, Mount of Olives College, Mukono
THE SAVANNAH KNOWS NO FRIENDS is an anthology of poems from 13 high schools which are;
Format: Paperback & Kindle
Language: English, Luganda
Number Of Pages: 64
Publisher: Kitara Nation
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“Artistically, it is one of the most engaging anthologies I have read in a very long time. Each poem is special for the way it seems to roll off your tongue. The pattern of rhythm and sound of the words or prosody is enhanced, line on line, by enjambment as feelings spill while carrying the run of the poet’s thought from one line to the next without a syntactical break. The substance of these feelings are so powerful, even tragic.”
– Phillip Matogo, Poet, Author, Critic
DECOUNTRYRIZED is a tale of a lonely African soul seeking refuge from war. Having left her country as a child in search for peace, Acha and her family eventually settled in Uganda and this is where Acha tells her story. The poems are a painful reminder of the effects of war on Africa’s children but the books also filly the reader with hope that someday peace shall be achieved and the writer and her family will be able to go back and settle home.
“No speaking Vernacular was beautifully performed; humourous, witty, revealing. I thought the play clearly brought out the shortcomings of an education system that wholly demonizes the use of native languages in schools. No Speaking Vernacular pits Mr. Full stop, the John Speke High School Headteacher against Dambya, (Nsubuga Muhammad) a renegade vernacular speaker. Dambya’s sin is using the Luganda word ‘gwe’ which Mr Full stop considers an unforgivable breach of Article 23 of the school Regulations.
In punishment, Dambya suffers the minimum punishment prescribed by the regulations. He is caned. He is forced to wear old sisal sackcloth, a bone around his neck, and a placard bearing the words: “I am stupid. I speak Vernacular.”
– Herbert Okello Andrew, Lawyer, teacher.