Uganda's International Stars - Part 3
UGPulse's list of the most notable Ugandans in Diaspora.
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First published: November 9, 2008
As we did towards the end of 2007, we would like to acknowledge a few more Ugandans in the Diaspora who are masters of their field.
Moses Isegawa (The Netherlands)
Moses Isegawa, who was born on August 10, 1963 in Cawente, Apac District in northern Uganda, is an internationally reputed author. Isegawa spent 10 years in a seminary and was a secondary-school teacher for four years. He moved to the Netherlands in 1990 and currently shuttles between Amsterdam and Kampala, Uganda. He is the author of Abyssinian Chronicles and Snake pit, which are set during Idi Amin's dictatorship.
Doreen Baingana (USA)
Doreen Baingana is a multiple-award winning Ugandan author, who is based in Washington, USA. She won the 2003 Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction for her short story collection, Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe. She is also the winner of the 2004 Washington Independent Writers Fiction Prize, and was a two-time finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing, in 2004 and 2005. Her most recent award is the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for The Best First Book Award in the Africa region for Tropical Fish: Stories Out of Entebbe. Incidentally, Baingana is also a columnist for the African Woman Magazine and is a member of the Ugandan women writers association, FEMRITE.
John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu (UK)
John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu.
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At the age of 56, Ugandan-born John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu was inaugurated as the 97th Archbishop of York during a colourful ceremony at York's ancient Minster, in Northern England on November 30 2005, sealing his fate as the UK's first African Archbishop. Sentamu is Primate of England and Archbishop of the Province of York, which includes 14 dioceses in the northern half of England. He also provides support to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Sentamu, who fled from Uganda in 1974 during the Idi Amin regime and settled in the UK, also became Diocesan Bishop of York, assisted by Suffragan Bishops in three archdeaconries. He is also the leading spokesman on behalf of the Church of England and one of the Presidents of the General Synod, the Church of England's main governing body, and the Archbishop's Council. Sentamu graduated in Law from Makerere University, Kampala and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
David Kibuuka (Canada)
Proud Heritage by David Kibuuka
David Kibuuka is probably one of the most well known African visual artists internationally, David Kibuuka was born in Uganda and moved to Toronto, Canada in the 1980's during the civil unrest in Uganda. Kibuuka began selling his paintings to international collectors through local galleries at age 11. He studied at the Ontario College of Fine Art and specialised in Computer Animation, Computer Graphics and Video Production. His art is a celebration of the Maasai, the Buganda Kingdom, African royalty, musicians, warriors, dancers and he definitely celebrates the beauty of African women. His images have been commissioned by numerous non-profit organizations such as the United Way, UNICEF, and the Kidney Foundation. Among his collectors are Dionne Warwick the singer, Her Royal Highness the Nnabagereka (Queen of Buganda) and Susan L. Taylor, Editorial Director Essence Magazine.
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas (Canada) [Ed: Bonus added by UGPulse]
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas is a poet, visual artist and playwright who was born in Moscow, Russia. A native of Uganda, she spoke French, English, Spanish, Danish, Luganda, and some Russian by the age of 19, testament to the fact that she has lived in various parts of the world. Jane won the Miss AfriCanada Beauty Pageant 2000 in Toronto, where she was also named a new voice for Africa after reciting one of her poems.
Butterflies of the Nile by Jane Musoke-Nteyafas
In 2004, she was published in T-Dot Griots, An Anthology of Toronto's Black Storytellers and in February 2005, one of her art pieces was used for a poster for the Human Rights Through Art - Black History Month Exhibit. She uses a style called fragmentation and the process of East African Batik to create beautiful and empowering images of women. Jane illustrated the book, I am Not Brown, I am Human for best selling author James Valitchka. In 2006, she was part of the British Council Crossing Borders for Writers. She is a Board Member of the Association of African Canadian Artists. She writes for Afrotoronto, UGPulse, African Woman Magazine, The Uganda Monitor and Bahiyah Woman Magazine. She has received numerous poetry, art and playwriting awards including her most recent award, the 2007 Planet Africa Rising Star Award.
Grace Edward Galabuzi (Canada)
Grace Edward Galabuzi.
Social activist Grace-Edward Galabuzi was forced to flee Uganda during the dangerous regime of Idi Amin. He landed in Canada where, for the last two decades, he has worked for social change. Galabuzi is a Professor of Politics at Ryerson University in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto, Canada. Galabuzi has just written a book entitled Canada's Economic Apartheid: The Social Exclusion of Racialised Groups. The book is an exploration of what Galabuzi argues is the growing 'racialisation' of the gap between rich and poor.
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (USA/Uganda)
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was born and raised in Nyakagyezi village, Kambuga parish, Kanungu District in southwestern Uganda where he went to primary and secondary school. He only moved to the capital Kampala for higher education and then worked with a human rights organisation in the city. He then joined Columbia University in New York as a visiting scholar studying human rights. He started a human rights organisation in Uganda and a school for HIV/AIDS orphans – namely the Nyaka School for Orphans in Uganda afterwards.
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri at a fund raiser in Indiana.
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First published: November 9, 2008
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas, poet/author/artist and playwright, was born in Moscow, Russia and currently resides in Toronto, Canada. She is the daughter of retired diplomats. By the time she was 19, she spoke French, English, Spanish, Danish, Luganda, some Russian and had lived in Russia, Uganda, France, Denmark, Cuba and Canada.
Jane won the Miss Africanada beauty pageant 2000 in Toronto where she was also named one of the new voices of Africa after reciting one of her poems. In 2004, she was published in T-Dot Griots-An Anthology of Toronto's Black storytellers and in February 2005, her art piece Namyenya was featured as the poster piece for the Human Rights through Art-Black History Month Exhibit.
She is the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, art and playwriting including the 2007 Planet Africa Rising Star Award and the 2008 African Canadian Women Achievement Award. Her first book Butterflies of the Nile was published in May 2008. Please visit her website at www.nteyafas.com.