Change, at Nile Journal as a New Editor Takes Charge

Nile Journal


How fast the years have run. It was only yesterday that a handful of us sitting in a Kampala tea room 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. Its language would be simple, straightforward, and stylish. In the belief that there is nothing that is not explainable, nothing that is not knowable by the average person. The year was 2012. There was very little stuff out of Africa on the world wide web then. By April of that same year the magazine got going, issued from Kampala at the popular Banco Café on Kampala Road. For days on end we sat there designing the magazine, writing the articles and finally putting together the magazine you know today.

So it was that on April 27 2012, a fresh new magazine made its appearance on the web and made its way into the world. Nile Journal, we called it and gave it the tagline, The out of Africa Magazine of Culture Politics and Society. Its sole editor was a guy called John Otim, a fellow who loved anything books, reading and writing, and who was about all things beautiful and wonderful. The magazine's now famous logo, the Nile at the Murchison with the rainbow, is his work of photography. As it happened he was cruising over the Nile at Karuma one late morning and made a stop at the famous Murchison Falls.

As it turned out the new magazine was to have its own fair share of ups and downs and for two long years cease publication altogether on account of its finance. However in the range and  quality of its output, the magazine has more than met up its original goals and promise. Today on the occasion of the publication of its 55th edition is for the first time changing its top guard, as John Otim hands over editorial responsibilities to the new Editor, Dr. Okot Nyormoi. Okot brings to the job his longstanding experience as a writer of popular articles and as a published novelist. We call on our readers, viewers, and contributors, to support him as he pilots the magazine into the future under these difficult circumstances created by COVID-19.