Writivism Stories

Writivism is a program that brings together close to 100 African writers enrolled as workshop participants, mentors, judges and advisers. A panel of five judges shall short list five outstanding stories. Of these, the one with the greatest impact on readers shall determine the writer to be honoured as Writivist of the Year. The first…

2014 Writivism Short Story Prize Submissions Open

Opening date – 8 February 2014 Closing date – 30th April 2014 Entries must be submitted online, on the Writivism website. No mark as to the identity of the writer should be made on the story itself. No entries will be considered if submitted after this date. The competition long-list of fifteen to twenty five…

New Partners

We are happy to announce that Deyu African is now actively collaborating with Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation. Through this partnership, we hope to illuminate voices from our communities and share the gift of reading. Currently, we are in discussions with well-wishers and cultural activists who have a clear track record of being socially conscious and…

A Buzz About Town.

Restaurants can be sources of pleasant surprises. By Sophie Alal The atmosphere is laid back and friendly. Each area has a different theme. The decor is eco friendly and jazzy, with murals on the walls, papyrus finishings, grass thatch, colourful cushions and bright mats on the floors. It’s open, it’s airy, yet there is also…

National Book Trust of Uganda Donates 400 New Books

Support to Community Micro Libraries By Sophie Alal Deyu African received 400 new books from the National Book Trust of Uganda on Friday 6th September. Tom Muwanga, the office Assistant selected titles intended for young readers. Some of the titles include Can You Make a Bird? and Megan Went to Bed by Wendy Body. “These…

Too Many Readers and Too Few Books

The birth of Community Micro Libraries By Sophie Alal September 21st was a gloriously sunny morning in Gulu. It had rained heavily the previous evening, and storm clouds continued to threaten the signing of an agreement between United Youth Entertainment and Deyu African. The conclusion of the agreement later in the afternoon gave UYE stewardship…

Dembede Mido

Dembede Mido a.k.a Checkmate Mido is a human beatbox, poet, musician, writer and actor. He started performing in 2008 at WAPI! (Words and Pictures; A youth forum). He has graced many events around Nairobi with his poetry and music, most notably Kinanda Arts Festival, KWANI?, Slam Africa and Samosa Arts Festival. He has collaborated with…

NuVo Arts Festival: An Interview with Ogutu Muraya

By Sophie Alal NuVo is the short form for New Voices. The first annual NuVo Arts Festival, realised under the auspices of The American Embassy, hosted an arts festival themed “HIV/AIDS No Statistics Allowed”. The events approached HIV/AIDS awareness through performance art, visual art and fashion. Various locations around Kampala staged events from 1st through…

Our First Birthday

For more beautiful cake please visit Sophie’s Cakes. All proceeds from Sophie’s Cakes have been used to cover the running costs of Deyu African. In the past year, we’ve visited storytellers living in the Acholi Quarter of Kampala to collect folk tales, travelled to Paibona Te-Tugu in Gulu District to listen to nanga music, and…