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"A world without him" by Ugandan artist: Ronex Ahimbisbwe.


"Caregiver" by Ugandan artist; Daudi Karungi.

Vintage postcard photograph of an Acholi warrior in Uganda.

Vintage postcard photograph of an Acholi warrior in Uganda.

Ugandan Tabloid Paper Publishes List of ‘Top 200 Homos’ in the Country.

A day after President Musoveni signed a controversial anti-gay law in Uganda, ‘Red Pepper’, a local tabloid paper - one of the country’s biggest - has published a list of Uganda’s ‘Top 200 Homos’.

Concerns about this leading to a ‘witch-hunt’ against the named individuals are high as this bares a striking similarity to what we saw four years ago in the now defunct Ugandan tabloid newspaper ‘Rolling Stone’. Many say Rolling Stone’s actions led to the brutal murder of leading Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato months later.

In Nigeria, following the recent enactment of a law that criminalizes homosexuality, many reports have surfaced that claim that gay men in various parts of the country have been attacked and arrested as a result of this measure. 


HERE WE ARE, WE ARE GAY, WE ARE UGANDAN" by tadej žnidarčič

on february 24, 2014, a new anti homosexuality law in uganda took effect, imposing life imprisonment for engaging in homosexual relationships (the death penalty was initially proposed, but was ultimately withdrawn). the bill also makes it a crime for anyone - parent, friend, priest, doctor - not to report homosexual activity to the authorities.

newspapers already out people they suspect, and this is believed to have led to the 2011 murder of david kato, a prominent ugandan gay rights campaigner. that newspaper article included a list of 100 people and their addresses, with the headline “hang them.” in uganda, publicly identifying as gay or being identified as such can result in the loss of a job, arrest, harassment, blackmail, beatings and death.

in 2010, tadej žnidarčič began a series of portraits and interviews with ugandan lgbti activists with the aim of giving voice, if not face, to the members of the community (you can read their individual stories here). due to the precarious situation, they did not want to be identified and were photographed from behind.

but when žnidarčič, a physicist turned photojournalist who has been living in uganda for four years, revisited them in 2013, they had become more empowered, assertive and confident, and were now willing to face the world. to emphasize their transformation, he paired the images together. as one of the photographed said, “here we are. we are gay. we are uganadan.”

Zimbabwe and Morocco join Nigeria and Mali as both teams progressed to next stage of CAF / Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Burkina Faso and Uganda respectively. 

Nigeria beat hosts South Africa 3-1 on Sunday whilst Mali ousted Mozambique with a 2-1 defeat on the same day.

These four teams will meet each other at the quarter finals.


Makerere, Kampala, Uganda, Africa (by IamNotUnique)

Highly acclaimed contemporary Ugandan artist Geoffrey Mukasa was one of the featured artists this past week in East Africa’s first ever auction of commercial modern and contemporary art in Nairobi that generated sales of more than $US200 000

Almost all of the 47 auctioned works were sold with Mukasa painting ‘Celebrations’ (seen at the very bottom) fetching for the highest price at nearly $20 000. 


Photographs by Musa (Moses) Katuramu, from a collection preserved by his son Jerry Bagonza. Visit the History in Progress Uganda facebook page to comment and identify scenes/individuals.


In Rural Uganda, Homemade Bikes Make The Best Ambulances

When Chris Ategeka was 9, his younger brother died while Ategeka was helping to carry him to the nearest hospital — 10 miles from their village in Fort Portal, Uganda.

There was no quicker way to get his sick brother, who was coughing and had a bloody stool, to medical care. “I did not understand the concept of lack of mobility being the biggest factor until it got later in life. I realized how that could have helped so much,” he tells Shots.

Ategeka and his five siblings became orphans after their mother and father died of AIDS. But Ategeka, now 28, considers himself lucky.

A U.S. aid organization Y.E.S. Uganda helped AIDS orphans like him attend school. Ategeka did well. He impressed the California family that sponsored him so much that they invited him to come live with them in 2006.

Since then, he has earned engineering degrees at University of California, Berkeley, where he’ll begin a doctorate in mechanical engineering this fall. And he’s been using what he learned already to solve the problem that contributed to the death of his brother nearly 20 years ago.

Ategeka founded CA Bikes, a nonprofit that teaches villagers how to build bike ambulances and wheelchairs from scrap metal. “I teach you how to make it, and I teach you how to fix it,” he says. “If it breaks, you know what to do, and if you want to build something you think outside the box and you do it.”

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Photos courtesy of CA Bikes.

Paintings by Ugandan artist Ssali Yusuf that celebrate and pay homage to the women he grew up surrounded by, and that raised him.

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists


Moses Katuramu (born 1913 in Fort Portal - passed on 1986 in Mbarara) was a carpenter. He trained from Makerere, then still a technical college and was a teacher and deputy headmaster at Mbarara Highschool (1940-1949). After that he had his own carpentry workshop in Rahoro (Mbarara) and started his own carpentry school in Rubiri in 1954. Next to all this he owned a camera and used it a lot. Mostly to photograph the people around him, but sometimes he was also commissioned to make portraits or cover events. The collection is kept in a very good state by Musa’s son Jerry Bagonza who gave permission to share his father’s work with you.”

Source: Here

(via manufactoriel)


Uganda Is Taking Israel’s Unwanted Asylum Seekers to Get Cheaper Weapons

Earlier this month, it was reported that Israel was trying to swap Africans for arms. Or, more specifically, broker a deal with a number of unspecified African countries that would see thousands of African refugees included in lucrative deals for Israeli weapons and military training. If you take back these annoying, resources-sapping asylum seekers, the Israelis seemed to be saying, you can buy our guns for cheap.

The Israeli government is currently detaining thousands of African asylum seekers in desert prisons on the Egyptian border. Many of them now face being shipped off, against their will, to whichever African country will take them. Seemingly no thought has been paid to sending asylum seekers back to oppressive regimes they may have been fleeing in the first place.  

It seems that a deal has now been struck, as late last week Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar announced that he would start the process of deporting migrants to Uganda.    

The Israeli government already have strong relations with their Ugandan counterparts, with Israel currently “working to introduce sophisticated agro-technology" to the country. But it is newer support to Uganda’s military—weapons, training, fighter jets, and possibly drones—that many suspect to be behind the country’s decision to import asylum seekers from Israel.

"We’re hoping to operate in the coming weeks and months in a way that will make another exit for infiltrators in the country,” Sa’ar explained, “while trying to reach agreements with more countries.”



History In Progress Uganda:

Deo Kyakulagira’s (1950-2000) life was devoted to photography and his family. He started his career by taking over a studio from a brother in Kalisizo, and later ran studio’s in Entebbe and Kampala. He worked at Makerere University and the ministry of agriculture as a photographer after being trained in the UK. Despite a lifetime production of, as far as we can judge, high quality photographs, Deo never before exhibited his work under his own name. We are working with his family to give him the appreciation he deserves. Information in the captions was given to us by Deo’s widow.”

Source: Here

WorldSessions: A Day in the Life of Somi’s World

It’s a beautiful sunny day in the Big Apple, some time back in 2011, and as Rwandan-Ugandan-American singer-songwriter and musician Somi traverses the cosmopolitan streets of New York City, we get a narrated view, accompanied by her singing, of a part of her daily life as she speaks about her personal experiences and musical influences.

Somi was also featured as a STYLE ICON in Dynamic Africa.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women