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”