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Uganda in Flames

I haven’t written for a while because I have been in transit for the last few weeks moving back to the States. As I have tuned back into what has been happening in Uganda, I am in total shock. Museveni … Continue reading

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Uganda After the Elections

This post takes a look at the reactions of bloggers to the peaceful elections in Uganda. Continue reading

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Uganda, Lets Have Elections Every Day

It’s never been so easy to drive across town in Kampala. The combination of some people laying low as a precaution against elections violence, and thousands of people heading back to their villages for the weekend to vote has left … Continue reading

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Film Maker Mira Nair’s Training Institute in Uganda

There are some very talented filmmakers and actors/actresses here, but the Ugandan film world lacks some cohesion. As more people get exposed to the training offered at this institute, the skill level and the global awareness of Ugandan films and Ugandan filmmakers should increase dramatically.

On a side note, be sure to go back and watch Mississippi Masala again. Did you know it was set and filmed in Kampala?

Thanks to the blog Shadow and Act, a site about film and the African diaspora, for highlighting this project…
Introducing Uganda’s Maisha Film Labs…
By Tambay, on January 14th, 2011

In 2004, filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!, Mississipi Masala & others) founded Maisha Film Labs – a Uganda-based film training initiative by (not-so unlike the Sundance Film Festival’sIFP’s filmmaker labs). filmmaker labs, or the

The goal of the Maisha Film Labs is to give aspiring filmmakers in the East African country the tools & knowledge they currently lack, to tell their own stories through film, which would then help foster a self-sustaining film industry in Uganda and vicinity, that will support and represent the interests of local audiences.

So, why Uganda? Well… Mira Nair’s award-winning 1991 film, Mississipi Masala (which starred Denzel Washington, by the way, and probably my favorite of all her films), was shot, on location in Kampala, Uganda! AND, it’s also in Uganda, in 1988, that she met her husband, scholar, Mahmood Mamdani, while she was doing research for the film.

Read the rest here: Shadow and Act and get more info about the institute at Maisha Film Labs

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Leaked Uganda Cable

Some pretty astute observations, if you ask me, and a good summary of the state of Uganda at this time. Can’t imagine any of it comes as a big surprise to Museveni. For more of the Uganda cables, go to The Guardian:

Monday, 19 October 2009, 11:29
EO 12958 DECL: 10/18/2019
Classified By: Ambassador Jerry Lanier for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). Continue reading

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Environmental Sustainability at St. John's Teachers College

This post is dedicated to my friend, David Cook, who said I was starting to depress him with the environmental news out of Uganda. He was right to call me on it – when I started writing this blog, my goal was to have a good balance between challenges and hope, but somehow the balance has been tipped in favor of the challenges. It has been hard to be hopeful with oil drilling happening in the national parks, and the corruption of the newly disbanded Uganda Wildlife Authority board (who are still trying to get payments out of the UWA accounts!).

However, as is so often the case in Africa (and elsewhere, I guess), the problems are often at the higher levels, and the hope comes from the grassroots. I honestly have very little faith that the Ugandan government has the will to protect the environment in this country in any way. I have a personal policy here, though – whenever I get discouraged about the future of Uganda, I try to spend more time with individual Ugandans. That’s what reignites my hope and reminds me why I am here.

I had that opportunity this week at the St. John the Baptist Primary Teachers College here in Kampala. It is one of the leading teacher colleges in East Africa, and about 2,000 students attend each year from the five countries in the EAC. The college has a very active environmental club that has partnered with Tusk Trust, Uganda Conservation Foundation and Siren Conservation Education to implement some model sustainability projects that the newly trained teachers can implement in the schools where they are ultimately placed. With 2,000 teachers being exposed to this every year, you can imagine how many children will be exposed to the importance of environmentally sustainable practices.

The project looked at some of the main environmental challenges confronting the college, which also happen to be some of the biggest challenges facing Africa as a whole:

* Water
* Fuelwood for cooking
* Maintaining good food harvests
* Waste management
* Income generation

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Signs of Uganda #5

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You Can't Cram for Christmas

I realize that this might seem like the wrong season for this post (and, frankly, a bit off-topic for this blog). But, really, it shouldn’t seem that way. For those of us in the United States, we still have two major holidays between now and Christmas – Halloween in October, and Thanksgiving in November. No matter how early the retailers try to convince us to start our Christmas shopping, it somehow feels like we don’t really need to get prepared until after Thanksgiving.

But Santa’s no chump. He’s not easily suckered. This morning my son woke up singing a Christmas carol – you know, the one about him knowing when you are sleeping, awake, being good, being bad, when you are picking your nose and when you told your boss you were sick so you could go fishing. And then we got talking about THE LIST. And then we got talking about when, exactly, he starts working on that list.
And it came to me. Sh*#!!! I have to start being good now! If Santa knows all these things about us, then presumably he doesn’t wait until after Thanksgiving for his surveillance.

So, let this be a gentle reminder to you – it’s never too early to start being good.

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I Made it Into Orion Magazine!…Sort of

My favorite source of inspiration, Orion Magazine, has an on-line department called “The Place Where You Live.” I was very excited this morning to get their e-newsletter and notice that my entry on Uganda is one of their featured pieces. Continue reading

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Signs of Uganda #1

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala

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