Linda is a poet and performing artist who co-created the all-female theatre company, Afromans Spice. Linda’s group performs throughout Europe and Africa, working to empower women and educate men on women’s rights. “I’ve come to realize in order to succeed you actually have to do what you want to do, even if you fear it won’t put food on the table. If you’re passionate about it, it will feed you." I photographed Linda at her office in the Kampala National Theatre, proudly holding her afro wig.
“I can market anything. In marketing you must be ready for any opportunity so that when a door opens, you will know how to enter it.” Daphne is a determined mid-20s woman living in Kampala, the East African city that doesn’t sleep. She shared with me her decision to choose a career path that focuses more on the quality of work, building connections and doing what she loves, over prioritizing money. Daphne was just one of the inspirational, successful youth I met in Uganda.
Kibuuka is a photographer, breakdancer and graffiti artist living in Kampala. His work focuses on showing the impact of alternative culture and contemporary youth. He believes “with the youth’s energy and what they stand for, they could change the country.” Kibuuka loves Kampala because of the way people care for each other. “I’m living in a space where I can work with people from different parts of the world and within Uganda. It’s an organic, healthy blend of different cultural backgrounds."
Anita moved to England with her Mom and brother at the age of 3, then after finishing university with a degree in Forensics she returned to Kampala. She's loving life as a repat in Africa. “In Uganda if I’m in a bad mood, I can’t stay angry because the sun in shining. In Africa, with a bit of money and connections, you can do anything. I can’t do half the things I do here when I’m in London. It’s also nice to turn on the TV and see a black person. Here, the standard of beauty is me.”
Party in Kampala, the star of East Africa's social scene, hike to a remote village in Kidepo National Park, and visit the source of the famed Nile River.
Hike to the Ike in Kidepo National Park
Visit a Remote East African Village
Get out of the city and tourist-filled southern regions and head north to Kidepo National Park, a place few tourists explore. For a truly authentic experience, spend an overnight with the Ik people, one of the most remote tribes in East Africa. Kara-Tunga Tours offers a memorable experience like no other.
Hike with the Locals
Enjoy a challenging 2 - 4 hour climb up Mt. Morungole in the company of the hospitable Ik people, to reach one of their villages on the slopes of the mountain. Approximately 10,000 Ik call the mountain home, where they live as subsistence farmers and bee keepers.
Learn from the Locals
Observe daily village life as it happens right before your eyes, from cooking over charcoal to celebrations of song and dance and all-natural bee keeping. Go home with a greater sense of appreciation for everything you hold dear to you. The Ik will teach you that life is not about materials things, but the community of people around you.