After a week of events to celebrate a landmark on Ugandaâ€™s literary scene â€” the 10 years of FEMRITE â€” the closing dinner at Grand Imperial Hotel recently was a harvest of our literature.
It was the achievements of this publishing company that made the graceful Nabagereka of Buganda accept the invitation as chief guest. And when Dr Susan Kiguli described her as â€œeverything a woman wants to beâ€, it was clear why the guests were attentive to every detail during her speech.
So, after the first 10 years, these writers have to be responsible because people tend to believe everything they read. She also urged the women writers to focus societyâ€™s attention on issues that matter most.
It was a family affair. Visiting literalist, Prof Akachi Eziegbo, turned the heat on the radical feminists; telling them of how much they need men.
Mary Karoro Okurut a.k.a â€œMother Henâ€ was the definition of ecstasy in opening the dance with the only male member of FEMRITE, Austin Bukenya. And when her â€œchicksâ€ and well-wishers joined the two, the pakachini was well deserved considering that the publishing house has moved from promoting the womanâ€™s voice to many voices. And that includes many award-winning books of FEMRITE among the 14 titles produced so far. The dinner also marked the launch of Gifts of Harvest, a collection of short stories.
Ten years of Femrite