Kavuma-Kayonga, Jane Portrait

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 unforgettably inspiring passion and industry to our group as we worked our way through seemingly endless years of study. She graduated with an MB ChB in March 1977.

After internship, Jane worked as a Medical Officer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mulago Teaching Hospital in Kampala and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma In Obstetrics from Makerere University Medical School in December 1982.

Driven by her passion to protect and promote Women and Children’s Health, she joined the Family Planning Association of Uganda in 1984 as a Medical Officer. She worked there until she left Uganda in 1994.

She and her husband Chris Kayonga, a surgeon who was our classmate, relocated to Botswana, where she worked for the government in the Primary Health Care Department. She retired as a Principal Medical Officer in December 2010 and went into Private Practice in Mochudi, Botswana.

Jane is extensively trained in reproductive health, contraceptive technology and primary health care programmes.

She is a member of the Botswana Medical Association and Medical Women’s International association (MWIA). She is a Co-founder member of The Association of Uganda Women Medical Doctors (AUWMD) and Co- founder member of Action For Development (ACFODE) in Uganda.

Jane is an avid reader and gardener. For years, she has had the nagging feeling that the Creative part of her had been lying idle and needed to be awakened. Since 2012, she has been busy turning herself into a Creative Writer. To find the time to devote to writing, Jane stepped down from a very well paying job to one that was less financially rewarding but less demanding.

She writes African Short stories and fiction novels about issues that she considers to be important in her community while aiming to make a difference. It is her way of giving back to a community that shaped her into who she is today. She writes under the name Jane Nannono.

Her first fiction novel entitled ‘ The Last Lifeline’ was published in 2012. She self- published her second fiction novel entitled ‘ And the Lights Came On ‘ in October 2015.

Two of her short stories Move Back to Move Forward and Buried Alive in the Hot Kalahari Sands, were published among 54 stories from Africa in The First Anthology of Africa Book Club, Vol. 1- December 2014.

She remains a strong supporter of Women Empowerment and a promoter of Women and Children’s Health – at all the places she has worked and in her writing through the strong women characters she creates.

Jane is a mother of two adorable sons, one daughter and a guardian to two of her nieces. She has just relocated to Uganda and is fired up to start where she left off in serving the people through voluntary work. She feels it is the best way to honour and respect the memory of her mentor- her father, the Late Paulo Neil Kavuma, the Katikkiro of Buganda 1950- 1955.







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