Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams was born in the prairie town of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was raised in a traditional family in Pennant, a small rural farming community to the west of Swift Current where her father farmed with his father and brother.   Melanie is the fourth of five children. Everyone in the family was expected, […]

Roscoe Katende

Roscoe Katende is a senior anesthesiologist in New York City, New York, USA. He was born at Najera, Kampala to Mr. Hamu Katende and Mrs. Victoria Nalwanga Katende. His father was a local builder and his mother was a schoolteacher. They were both strong Christians who struggled to pay for his entire education at King’s College […]

Opiyo Oloya

  Opiyo Oloya is an educator, researcher and published author. Born and raised in Gulu in northern Uganda, Opiyo became involved in national political activism for democratic reforms during the early 1980s. As president of the Makerere University Student Guild, he publicly condemned the 1980 national election as fraudulent. Opiyo was asked to surrender, but […]

Nancy Melville

Nancy Melville, a retired nurse, was born in Toronto, but lived most of her youth in a northern Ontario city called Sault Ste. Marie.  She was the youngest in a family of three children, with one older brother and sister. Both her parents had to work full time in order to raise their family and […]

Jane Kavuma-Kayonga

Jane Kavuma–Kayonga is a retired obstetrician who is now a full time novel writer. She was born at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, in a family of fourteen children. She attended Gayaza High School for Primary, Secondary, and A-levels. We joined Makerere University Medical School together in July 1972 and throughout the course, Jane brought an […]

Hope Chigudu

Hope Chigudu is feminist activist and a gender, organisational and development practitioner. In her earlier days in the women’s movement, she co-founded the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network. She later used her skills in governance and management to serve as Chair of the Board of Urgent Action Fund-Africa and prior to this as chair […]

Ky’okusinga Kirunga

  Ky’okusinga Kirunga is the Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), a Canadian organization that works with community-level organizations that are engaged in the fight against the ravages of HIV/AIDS in Africa. From a very tender age, Ky’okusinga was passionate about remedying injustices and was interested in the rights of […]

Susan Wakhungu-Githuku

Susan Wakhungu-Githuku was born in Bungoma, in Western Kenya, the second of five children to Mathew Sarapayi and Grace Awori Wakhungu. Susan and her family lived in Western Kenya, then Uganda before moving to Nairobi in 1971. Gen. Idi Amin’s military coup d’etat found them in Kampala. As a youngster, Susan attended St George’s Primary […]

Philip Odera

            Philip Odera, the Chief Executive, CfC Stanbic Kenya is a 21st century leader and a frequent speaker in the area of Leadership Development and Strategy Implementation. Born near the lakeside city of Kisumu, Kenya, Philip  started his formal education at St. George’s Primary School, Nairobi, where he served as […]

Bbuye Lya Mukanga

  Bbuye Lya Mukanga was born and grew up in Entebbe, Uganda. Upon graduating from Makerere University, he was a Ford Foundation Scholarship Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research while studying for the MSc (Agriculture) degree in Agricultural Economics and serving as a Special Teaching Assistant in Economics. He left Uganda at the […]