Cape Town based storyteller Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa has signed to Ugandan publisher Sooo Many Stories. She will be launching her memoir Flame and Song on April 4th, 2017 in Kampala.
Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa comes from literary royalty. She is the daughter of legendary Ugandan poet, Henry Barlow, who is most famous for writing the iconic, timeless poem, Building The Nation. The poem talks about a driver, his boss and their lunch date; you can read it in full here.
Unlike the wise children of iconic artists like Dr Olaokun Soyinka who flee from an unpredictable life, it looks like the daughter has followed in her father’s footsteps. She didn’t start as an artist though. She started out as a teacher and her work grew into areas of leadership and personal development. Now she is a storyteller, leadership coach and facilitator based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Philippa is also a growing number of African folks who have featured on Ted Talks. Check out hers below as she talks about “replenishing the storywell.”
The Storyteller who has lived a very colourful life has written a memoir of her growing up experience. The book Flame and Song, published by Modjaji Books, recounts her growing up during the Amin regime in Uganda before her family was exiled in Kenya. While there she attended high school at Kenya High School, Boma Massive!, before settling down in South Africa.
The East African rights to this book have been allocated and the deal has gone to plucky upstart Sooo Many Stories. The publishing house run by Nyana Kakoma will be debuting the new book in East Africa in Kampala on April 4th at an as yet unnamed venue. Look out for it my people.
Here she is reading from her memoir.
Check out Philippa speaking about the new book to SABC below.