World Book Day :Reviewing ‘Odokonyero,’ An Anthology that introduced 18 Ugandan Writers to the World
The 23rd of April is World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book.It is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.
In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.
In commemoration of World Book day, we shine a spotlight on Odokonyero, a Writivism Anthology of Short Fiction by Emerging Ugandan Writers launched in 2018. Co-editors, Madhu Krishnan and Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire believe the anthology came out of a desire to showcase the kinds of stories young people across Uganda are interested in telling and offer opportunities for imagining other lives and other minds. It brings together the voices of young emerging Ugandan writers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five to explore and interrogate the theme of violence.
Odokonyero introduces us to a new generation of 18 Uganda writers, who tell their stories in the accents of old and new realities – of conflict and human violence, misogyny, gender inequality, patriarchy as well as matriarchy; inter-generational divides, family bliss and dysfunction and love and loss.