Portraits of Writers: IWP 2017

Just a few days ago, I returned home after three months in a writing residency in University of Iowa, USA, ...
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The Ghosts of Dictators in Bukoba

Some places are like pages of a book that preserves history. Bukoba is one such place. It boasts of something from every ...
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Bukoba: A Secret on the Shores of Lake Victoria

Visiting Bukoba in Tanzania turned out to be an exciting way to spend the end of year holidays. There was ...
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Seven Tricks Ugandan Girls Use to Hook Men

A man has a lot of tricks to seduce a woman. Some are outright crude, like using his middle finger ...
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I Was Arrested for Abandoning a Baby

I did not want to talk about it, but this lady at OleeBranch went public about it, and so I ...
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Africanized Christianity and Enchanted Places of Kenya and Uganda

This Christmas, I can’t stop thinking about how Christianity in Africa is gradually morphing into a hybrid religion spiced with ...
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Why I’ll Focus on Making Films for Online Distribution

My New Year resolution is to make a short film every month. I started very early, with this scifi/horror, What Happened ...
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Travel Blues

Sometimes, when travelling, you pray for something to go slightly wrong, not to derail your holiday or make it a ...
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Off the Beaten Path Attractions in Nigeria

I’ve been to a few caves before, some that human ancestors inhabited two million years ago, but the caves in ...
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The Fun of Backpacking in Nigeria Pt 2: Mistaken for a Terrorist

It’s not what lies at the end of the road that makes travel irresistible, but the road itself. When I ...
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The Fun of Backpacking in Nigeria

When I made my second visit to Nigeria last November, I thought I’d find nothing new. I certainly did not ...
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I’m in Love with Old Buildings

About two years ago I went to Europe for the first time. I visited Berlin. Being an enthusiast for old ...
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9 People of Colour Scifi and Fantasy Books I Enjoyed in 2015

2015 was such a busy year for me. I started it with producing a TV series, which got me deep ...
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Hats Galore at Ake Festival 2015

I love hats, though I hardly ever wear one, and at the recent Ake Book and Arts Festival, it seems ...
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Praise for A Killing in the Sun

Home About Me Bio Awards Reviews and Praise Books Short Stories Films Contact Blog – No Grannies in Africa Blog ...
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Searching for the taste of South Africa

The first time I went to South Africa, in 2008, the one thing I wanted to taste very much was ...
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Is Science Fiction Really Alien to Africa?

African writers are traumatized. They forever have to defend their work. If it’s not someone questioning why they are not ...
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Crime and Writers in South Africa

For the first time in my life, I met a female cab driver. Women had driven me before, in their ...
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Can Science Fiction Inspire Technological Independence in Africa?

In September of 2014, during Storymoja Festival in Nairobi, I launched my first collection of speculative short stories, A Killing ...
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The History of Humankind in Johannesburg

The perk of being a hardworking writer, especially if you put out a good piece of work like A Killing ...
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Hats and Feathers: The Fashionable Men of Karamoja

Every time I visit Karamoja, it feels like I’ve stepped into another world. I particularly like the colorful attire, which ...
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The Darkness Behind My Book

During the launch of my first collection of short stories, A Killing in the Sun, one very irritating question kept ...
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Why I Started a Literary Magazine

Many say it’s madness to start a literary magazine. Such a venture, especially one that focuses on African literature, can’t ...
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Seven Reasons Why Women Fear Commitment

Women are more afraid of commitment than men. They’ll end perfectly good relationships for no reason at all. Even when ...
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Potraits from Kampala’s Literary Scenes

She runs the Ranchers Seafood and Steakhouse, where many literary events take place.  This was during a Commonwealth Writers event. Melissa ...
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How to Enjoy A Holiday in Nigeria

Everything they told me about Nigeria turned out to be true. They are loud people. They talk as though they ...
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Call for Actresses and Actors

Dilstories is in the pre-production for a TV comedy series, tentatively titled The Love Makanika. We are seeking actors and ...
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The Total Agony of Being in Love

A few days back, my facebook status read: Dear God, please help me. I want to be funny, but the ...
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What I Disliked about Berlin

There is an African proverb that says a child who does not travel thinks his mother is the best cook ...
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A Statement On the Sex-Tape Hoax

This is a public apology to Mathew Nabwiso and Tibba Murungi Kabugu, whose reputation is suffering because of a misconception ...
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The Delights of Berlin

Early this month, I went to Europe, for the first time in my life. It’s an overrated place. I never ...
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The Liebster Blog Awards

Sometime towards the end of last year, Matt Ewens nominated my blog for the Liebster Blog Awards. Yay! It humbled ...
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This Has Been a Good Year

At the beginning of the year, nothing was going right in my life, both career and personal. I was really ...
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When to Kiss is to Sin: Dating in Nepal Pt 3

Normally, I don’t kiss and tell, but this happened so long ago that it doesn’t matter much. Sometime early in ...
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The Fun of Dating in Nepal pt 2

She got married so I guess it’s okay for me to write about this, though I’ll still not say her ...
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Street entertainment from my childhood

I never knew how much we remember from childhood until I wrote this story, The Puppets of Maramudhu. One reviewer, ...
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Three Stories on Amazon

It’s been an exciting year for me, as a writer. I got shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and ...
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My Favourite Peter Sellers Comedies

 Last night, I watched The Party. It put PeterSellers at the top of the list of my favourite comic actors ...
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Travel Videos on YouTube

Have you been to our YouTube Channel lately? Those of you who have will notice that we have started putting ...
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Love Made Me Run Mad

The other day, I was looking through my archived videos of Nepal, trying to decide what to delete to create ...
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Ghost tales on the road to Nairobi

When the year begun, I was broke. I had spent much of last year finishing The Felistas Fable, and had ...
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Scenes of Labor Day

Retired. Relaxing. Is he enjoying the labor of his youth? A grandfather passes the time in Nakapinyi, Mukono district. It’s ...
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Quick recipes for a love-hunting bachelor

Food will bring love to your heart. They say that the way into a man’s heart is through his stomach, ...
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The Great African Love Bus

  Welcome to He Says, She Says Sundays! A battle of the sexes. Two different opinions on a jointly enjoyed ...
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An African thief finds a wife

    This story is fictional, inspired by this photo of the love of my life. In spite of the ...
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The Troubled Children of Uganda

Street children begging in Kampala. Broken family values is largely responsible for this. To continue the story of the pregnant ...
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Randy pregnant girl and the Beastly Teacher

  Who will protect the little girls of Africa? Shortly after Christmas, I became a father – or rather, I ...
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Snorkel in Mombasa with Captain Wagna

Captain Wagna, the snorkeling king of Mombasa Some people trot around the world just to see animals, or to ogle ...
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Who Will Tell this Tale?

A few years back, I used to have a certain kind of anger against foreigners who came to Uganda (and ...
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Of gambling and taboos

It’s that time of the year, when you get a little down because you have no money to spend on ...
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Questions European Children Ask About Africa

 I met a Belgian in Nairobi early in the year, at a filmmaker’s workshop. When he went back to his ...
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One thing I hate about travelling

Anyone who travels a lot will come across a certain kind of people, who are both a curse and a ...
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How to enjoy a five day holiday in Mombasa with only $200

This weekend, I returned from Mombasa, where I spent nearly two weeks on holiday with the girlfriend. Ooops – fiancée ...
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Speechless

I have no words. I once read this story in the New Vision, and I heard a call to make ...
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Of Dreams and Nightmares

This post is an example of why some people should not be allowed to write blogs without supervision…..  Photo pirated ...
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Memories of Rain

“I love the sound of rain.” So goes the first line in the lyrics of a song Reiza is writing ...
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Creatures from the Other World

It’s a sunny Sunday. I’ve just had a very productive weekend. Started and finished a short film. It’s a story ...
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Piracy, Markets and Love

Something bad happened to me today. Something that made me think about pirates. Not those in the Indian Ocean, and ...
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The Aphrodisiac Restaurant

It is hard to forget a date in an aphrodisiac restaurant. Mochitos. Photo courtesy of www.or2k.org I remember the day ...
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No Sex in this Honeymoon

I woke up this morning thinking about Ha Long Bay, for no particular reason. I’ve never been there, only seen ...
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After one week of shooting The Felistas Fable

I already wrote about it earlier, in the post “I suffer to entertain you.” But after one week of trying ...
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This is not funny! It’s a horror!

It seems a life time ago, yet it was only 2006. I was nearing my thirtieth birthday, and I had ...
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Starving Artists and Rejection Slips at Christmas

It’s the worst part of being an ‘artist’. For this reason they came up with the term, starving artist, to ...
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What Will I Do Before I Die?

A bucket list? That list of things I must do before I die? — I do not remember at any ...
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Open Fly at the Airport

Last week, I got an email from the most important documentary film festival, www.idfa.nl. They accepted my first feature length piece ...
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Working like a slave 🙁

Feeling too tired to write anything. Blame it all on this current job. Why do we have to work at ...
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I Suffer to Entertain You

Recently, I got a job directing the NTV Series, “The Hostel.” So far, it is the most demanding job I’ve ...
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This Moment

This Moment:  A Friday ritual. A photo—no words—capturing a moment from my travel experiences. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment ...
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Strange Stories of Adultery

Last week, I wrote about “The Secret Life of Adulterers,” as I reminisced about the first major film I made, ...
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The Secret Life of Adulterers

A man sneaks into a seedy hotel room. Moments later, his best friend’s wife joins him. Just as they start ...
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Happy-sad to be back home

Finally, I’m back home. I don’t know if I’m happy or sad. Maybe both. I returned at a period when ...
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My Friend is a Prostitute

This is a goodbye Nepal post. It’s been almost twenty hectic months. Now, three documentaries later, I’m finally going home ...
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The Magic Song

When my girlfriend mentioned that Nepal is a heaven for men, she had no idea that it actually is a ...
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My Favourite Inter-racial Movies

“Mississippi Masala” (1991) I like this one very much. It’s a beautiful story, makes you believe in love, and many ...
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Bathing at the Roadside

Every morning, as I walk to work, I pass by the bathrooms of my neighbors. Well, not really bathrooms, for ...
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Living in Public

You certainly have heard of all this noise people are making about the internet ripping away all our privacy and making us ...
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Water! Water! I’m Burning Up!

Yesterday was the worst day of the year – well, apart from that day in January when I had two ...
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Inter-racial Blues

I recently remembered a saga that happened about four years ago, in 2007. A friend of mine from the US ...
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Snake in the Backyard.

a kiss in the sunset is proof of true love! After two weeks of beautiful weather and incredible time with ...
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Anything for You

When I used to hear those love songs, from way back in time, songs that had lyrics you could listen ...
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Anybody Reading?

The business of writing is a strange one. Not just because it requires a lot of patience and picking up ...
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House Mates

I’ve never lived in a house like this. It’s big, a bungalow, has three bedrooms, one living room, one kitchen, ...
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Golden Oldies

Over the last week, I’ve discovered a whole load of gems in classical Ugandan music. Stuff that I did not ...
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Pumpkin Season

One thing that I find so frustrating about Nepal is the seasons. They claim it to be the only country ...
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Real Life Quoting the Movies

The first time I tried watching Good Will Hunting, I didn’t get past the first thirty minutes. Mostly because I ...
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Waiting for Days to Go By

The heat is back. For a while, I had almost forgotten how hot Nepal is. Unlike last year, where we ...
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A Ghost and his Client

I did not expect to be a ghost writer. I remember turning down one job, way back in 2009, when ...
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A Clash of Color to Change Lives

Before I came to Nepal, I was not aware that I’m a black man. I thought I was an African ...
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My Expensive Hair Cut

Last Friday, I picked up a scissor and shaved my head. After two months of letting the hair grow wild, ...
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Signs

It reminded me of the movie, Signs, by my fallen hero Mel Gibson. The racist, nazi bastard. But this one ...
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A Better Angel

In times of desperation, often we say ‘the first thing that comes up, I’ll go with that one.’ Whatever situation ...
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The Fun of Dating in Nepal

Living in Nepal these last fifteen or so months has been an eye opening experience for me. It has changed ...
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Is Ejaculate a Taboo Word?

Funny thing I noticed while reading Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – a book I wish I had read ...
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The Return of Uncle Benon

This is a big step forward. I like it. I like the narration. Bravo gentlemen, and I particularly like that ...
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One of Those Gloomy Days

I thought they were gone, but today I woke up feeling real down. After a week of making a ton ...
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Do You Believe in the Love of the Silver Screen?

Well, I watched this brilliant movie, ‘Definately, Maybe’, the other day, and it’s these kinds of movies that make me ...
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The Pains of Documentary Making

Yesterday, one of the young men I interviewed for the documentary, Untouchable Love, called me. I was happy, and wanted ...
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Finally I Take a Shower

 The winter has ended. The freeze is gone. Finally, a few days ago, I took a shower after a really ...
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Operation go Back Home!

Yesterday, we celebrated the end of the winter season, and the start of spring. It is supposed to get warmer, ...
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Close Encounters of What Kind?

Just watched that Spielberg movie, and while the first bit was a thriller, the ending was so stupid. Well, I ...
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Goodbye 2010

I’ll always remember this as the year in which I finally broke ground – I started shooting my first ever ...
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Cold Christmas Coming

And all I’ll get this Christmas is e-cards and long distance cold messages wishing me well. What I always want ...
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And the Edit Begins

I woke up this morning and started to edit, something that had stalled since last week, and I was so ...
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the a*hole machoman disses a poor girl

I noticed that someone – the only follower I hitherto had, has withdrawn – now I have no follower. And ...
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Cakes at 3am

I woke up with a burning urge to write a story about a man pursuing a girl who bakes cakes ...
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Becoming a Native?

I can’t believe I asked a girl who I’ve never met to marry me! I mean the only reason I ...
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Laughter Sells More Than Horror

Oh no! Felistas is back in my life! I was kind of hoping I would never run into her again, ...
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Another Rejection

I woke up this morning with a sense of exhaustion and that feeling you get while watching a soccer match, ...
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After the Storm?

Is it quiet? I think before and after the storms, there is always a strange calmness, a moment when silence ...
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The Quiet Before the Storm

Now I know how sportsmen feel like just before a world cup final! I’m in that place, between inactivity and ...
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First Day Shooting

It’s been nearly two years since I had a real shooting day. The last being that fiasco, ‘Listening to Her ...
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Devasted

I’m devastated. After eagerly awaiting for a nomination in the Penguin Prize for Africa Writing, I discover today that I ...
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Back on my Feet?

I often try to surprise myself…. I google my name and see what comes up, and I was stunned today ...
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Kusum!

Who knows what kusum is? I stumbled upon it accidentally today. A sour-ish fruit, but God, isn’t it nice to ...
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What a Thief

I have found another thing I hate about Nepal. I’m still not sure whether the several proposals I get for ...
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Will You Marry Me?

A Nepali young woman ponders her future in the film Untouchable Love Oops, I set out writing the ten things ...
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Ten Things I Hate About Nepal

They just cannot stop staring! Today, I was returning home, really tired, from another day of doing nothing at the ...
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The Internet Joke

The internet certainly helped the ‘joke’ to grow into a popular media, the way invention of the printery gave birth ...
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Why Do They Laugh?

This is the best part of writing, staring at the blank page and no words coming out, especially if I ...
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Dilman Dila’s bio

Dilman Dila is a Ugandan writer and film maker. In 2013, he was shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story ...
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