Beautiful Ankole Cattle

I first met Dr. James Patrick Manyenye Ntozi back in 1989, when he defied the conventions of his department to recruit me as a lecturer in Makerere University’s Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics. I was the only woman and the only non-African on that faculty and he did his best to make this brashContinue reading “Beautiful Ankole Cattle”

Never Hit by Lightning, No Matter How Hard I’ve Tried

Is it me? Am I really so poor at estimating risk or do I just ignore it? Pray for Me! No, on second thought, don’t waste your prayers. I appear to be incorrigible. Anyone who would go to Uganda against State Department advice in 1988 will clearly run across an open landscape in the middleContinue reading “Never Hit by Lightning, No Matter How Hard I’ve Tried”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Uganda: A Reprise

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” the girl yelled, sliding to a stop at my feet and grinning up at me like she’d stolen second base and was waiting for me to call her “Safe!”  I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry.  This was Uganda, for heaven’s sake, and it wasn’t even Kampala.  You mightContinue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Uganda: A Reprise”

Kila Shetani na Mbuyu Wake

The ancient Swahili proverb Kila shetani na mbuyu wake (Every baobab has its demons) was first whispered to me by a Tanzanian journalist directing media relations for the second major project I worked on in Africa.  Halima Shariff, wise beyond her years (some say that’s what journalism does for you), was explaining why none ofContinue reading “Kila Shetani na Mbuyu Wake”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Uganda

The kids ambushed me from behind one of their small mud homes in a community north of Masaka. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” they squealed. Six months after the release of the comic in New York, these kids had already heard about the Gang of Four terrapins in an age before internet and social media, beforeContinue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Uganda”