Talking to my children about Black Lives Matter, and an 8 minutes and 46 seconds killing

Jul
13
By Liza Sekaggya, an international human rights lawyer

As an African woman, born and raised in the motherland, I had never experienced racism until I came to study at a European university. When I first encountered racism, I was naive and unable to identify a racist act immediately until a white student to whom I narrated my experience, confirmed that it was racist.

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Taking Over as the New Editor

Jul
13
By Okot Nyormoi

It has been 9 years since the idea of an online journal was conceived over tea on the serine lawn of the Guest House at the venerable Makerere University. The idea was subsequently baptized with the name Nile Journal and now known also by its unmistakable iconic picture of the rainbow over River Nile.

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Army Cook Who became His Excellency the President

Jun
24
John Otim

Most of the previous night there were shooting and shelling and gun fights all over town. As dawn broke and the sun rose smoke billowed over the city. On radio and on television marshal music played all morning long. All regular programs were canceled. Then came the coup announcement. And as the news spread the new dictator rode into the city in great style in an open army jeep and gladly

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World War II was Unnecessary and probably Inevitable

Jun
24
Jonathan Power

Last Tuesday June 23 tanks rolled across Moscow’s Red Square. It was the day of the great parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In the West it’s not that well-known a fact that the Soviet Union lost many more soldiers and civilians in the war than all the rest of the allies put together. Without the alliance of the West with Russia Hitler would have won the war

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Change, at Nile Journal as a New Editor Takes Charge

Jun
24
Nile Journal

How fast the years run. It was only yesterday that a handful of us sitting in a Kampala tea joint broch the idea of a high-powered magazine that would be issued from Africa*. The magazine would talk to Africa and the world about Africa and about the World.The year was 2012. By April of that same year the magazine got going ...

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Taking Back Ownership of Afrika Habitat: Book Review

Jun
24
Okot Nyormoi

When I first saw the book, Taking Back Ownership of Afrika Habitat by Jack Stevens Alecho-oita, published in 2014 by Alawi Books Ltd, the title and the front cover captured my attention. First, Africa was spelled with a “k” instead of the more familiar spelling of Africa with a “c”. Second, African countries were referred to as Afrika habitat. Confronted with the unusual choices of words and spellings

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Why we Brits don’t like Trump

Jun
24
Nate White

A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honor and no grace ... all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed

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Melodies of a new Africa

May
23
John Otim

There was about the evening something truly noblesse, as if the universe was about to blow up and break out in a colossal firework. The canopy ablaze. From the Mountains to the east came whispers of winds laden with fragrance, everything made for a fairyland. It was amazing just to be there and he was right in the middle of it

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