Meet the Team

Ugandan Youth and Creative Writing: New Perspectives on Conflict and Development is a collaborative project between the Center for African Cultural Excellence, University of Bristol and Uganda Martyrs University.

  • Madhu Krishnan, Principal Investigator

    Madhu Krishnan is a Senior Lecturer in 20th/21st Century Postcolonial Writing in the Department of English at the University of Bristol. Her work centres on African and African diaspora writing, publishing and culture, with a particular focus on the intersection between aesthetics, socio-political interventions and cultural materialism in the making of African literary institutions. 

  • Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire, Founder, Center for African Cultural Excellence

    Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire is the cofounder of the Centre for African Cultural Excellence, which curates the Pan African Writivism Literary Initiative. He has published commentary, academic research, fiction and poetry in various periodicals and blogs including African Arguments, Chimurenga Chronic, This is Africa, Africa in Words, Africa is a Country, Saraba among others. He studied Law at Makerere University and Security at the African Leadership Centre (King’s College, London). He is a recipient of various fellowships among them the Harry Frank Guggenheim Young African Scholars Award. He currently lives in Kampala.

  • Jimmy Spire Ssentongo, Uganda Martyrs University

    Jimmy Spire Ssentongo is the Chair of the Center for African Studies at Uganda Martyrs University and Associate Dean in charge of Research and Publication in the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research. Previously he held the position of Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the same university where he also teaches Ethics, Sustainable Development, and Qualitative Research Methodology. His research passion is mainly in the area of identity studies plus social and environmental sustainability.

  • Nick Makoha, Facilitator, Kampala Workshop

    Poet Nick Makoha has Shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for he’s debut Kingdom of Gravity. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni , Won the 2015 Brunel African Poetry prize, He is the 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his manuscript Resurrection Man. His poems appeared in The Poetry Review, Rialto, The Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. He is a Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths working to create an in depth online digital archive of the Metic experiences of Black British Writers. Find him at 

  • Jennifer Nansubuga Makumi, Facilitator, Gulu Workshop

    Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013. It was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize 2014. Jennifer has published numerous short stories. Her short story, ‘Lets Tell This Story Properly’ won the overall Commonwealth Short story prize 2014. In 2015 she won an Arts Council Grant to research her second novel, The First Woman was Fish. Her short story ‘Malik’s Door’ came out in Closure a Black British anthology in October 2015. Jennifer, who lives in Manchester UK, is working on a collection of short stories set in Manchester.

  • Kate Haines Wallis, Research Assistant

    Kate Haines Wallis is currently a Research Associate in the Department of English at University of Bristol and the Centre for Transnational Creativity and Education at Bath Spa University. Her research interests include African literature (emphasis on Kenya and Nigeria), material cultures of the book, global literary networks and African literature’s relationship to memory and place. Her work has been published in Wasafiri and is forthcoming in Research in African Literatures. She is an Editor for Huza Press and