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Jackee Batanda: “Take note of the lessons you teach and apply them to your own work” ( Read the article )

The 2nd Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies Conference ( Read the article )

Successspark Brand Writing Retreat ( Read the article )

Turning your passion into a business Venture ( Read the article )

Successspark Brand Training at Uganda Radio Network ( Read the article )

Tales from future-driven Africa ( Read the article )

Africa39: New Writing from Africa south of the Sahara ( Read the article )

Continental drift: Africa39, an anthology of writing from south of the Sahara, is too good to miss ( Read the article )

“….Quite a number. There is a time I used to tell my friends at Femrite that I could write a book on how to deal with rejection letters because I had received so many of them. But that is part of the process. Behind every successful writer is a pile of rejection letters and the successful ones are the ones that never give up. I never stopped improving my craft and I understood that they were preparing me for bigger things. It still hurts but I know that that is the process…” Read more  (http://somanystories.ug/authors/2014/06/jackee-budesta-batanda-relief-know-writing)

“…These days, Batanda receives requests for media interviews around the world, and is featured in PhD thesis for students in Germany, USA and UK. “These were things I hadn’t envisioned when I started writing and I didn’t know my writing would be studied as text,” she says. Batanda’s non-fiction writing, “For Our Children” brought Molly Grace Kyarisiima, an orphan, to get help…” Read more (http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Batanda-is-opening-doors-to-the-world-with-her-pen/-/689842/2301550/-/item/1/-/bdigs3/-/index.html)

For Batanda, being on the list means, “it is a way to cement our brands and introduce us – for me and the other selected writers – to a new crop of readers, who might never have read our work before.
Batanda is currently working on a series of books on Africa’s successful entrepreneurs and transformational leaders.
“It is an ecstatic feeling being selected to this prestigious list that comprises the best of contemporary African writers. I can say I am in very good company” Batanda said.” Read more 
(http://www.monitor.co.ug/artsculture/Reviews/Ugandans-flying-Africa-s-literary-flag/-/691232/2293562/-/item/1/-/frmaylz/-/index.html)

 Batanda is looking forward to publishing her first novel and teaching creative and non-creative writing through her Success Spark Brand Ltd, a communications and educational company specializing in media relations, content creation, digital communications and educational programmes. “More than anything now, I want to inspire others just as I was inspired,” she says.In her free time, Batanda loves to read anything and everything. She also likes traveling.” Read more (http://www.observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31418:babe-of-the-weekmadness-makes-batandas-dreams-come-true-&catid=42:sizzling-entertainment&Itemid=74)

“…‘Africa 39’ is a Hay Festival initiative carried out with World Book Capitals. The first was with Bogota in 2007 while the second happened with Beirut in 2010. It involves the selection and celebration of 39 writers under the age of 40 who have the potential to define the literature of an area or language. This edition features Africans south of the Sahara. On the list is award winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Richard Ali Mutu, Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko, Nigerian Caine Prize winner, Rotimi Babatunde and Cape Verdean writer, Eileen Barbosa. Igoni Barret, Jackee Budesta Batanda from Uganda and Recaredo Boturu from Equatorial Guinea are also on it…” Read more (http://www.cityvoiceng.com/chimamanda-tope-folarin-stanley-kenani-others-make-africa-39-list/)

“…Among the first events of this week’s London Book Fair (LBF) was a breakfast press conference to reveal an eagerly anticipated rollcall of 39 writers under the age of 40 from Africa and its diaspora. This afternoon, at a second briefing in the presence of Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the countdown will begin to the start of Port Harcourt‘s tenure as World Book Capital 2014…” Read more (http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/apr/10/port-harcourt-world-book-capital-2014-africa-39)

“…prompted reactions from major international news outlets like CNN and Al Jazeera. It also provoked coverage from Ugandan media like The Monitor. The #UgandaisnotSpain hashtag ensured the story kept going and promoted a new story. As Uganda journalist Jackee Batanda noted…”   Read more (http://m.aljazeera.com/story/2013326132026281740)

“…Researcher of the African Centre of Migration and Society (ACMS) for the University of the Witwatersrand and well known Ugandan writer, Jackee Batanda, encouraged aspiring journalists to always ‘give a voice to the voiceless’…” Read more
(http://journalismiziko.dut.ac.za/current-affairs/writers-inspire-dut-journalism/)

” …feisty Jackee Batanda, from Uganda, who also emphasised the importance of Ugandans speaking for themselves. She will be participating in a panel entitled “The Writer as Reporter”, later…”   Read more
(http://cca.bookslive.co.za/blog/2013/03/20/16th-time-of-the-writer-festival-opening-evening-writers-explore-writing-a-new-world/)

“…A highlight will be the appearance of Palestinian-born, American-based writer Susan Abulhawa, author of the haunting Mornings in Jenin.
Also taking part are Nigerian Jude Dibia, American-Nigerian Nnedi Okorafor, Tanzanian Elieshi Lema, Jackee Batanda from Uganda and Aman Sethi from India…”  Read more
(http://www.witness.co.za/index.php?showcontent&global[_id]=96684)

“…Under the title The Reporter as Writer, Jackee Batanda from Uganda and Aman Sethi from India, both novelists and journalists, feature in the evening’s second panel discussion. Together with the numerous awards for her fiction writing, Batanda also featured in the London Times alongside 19 young women shaping the future of Africa…”  Read more
(http://versfeld.co.za/versfeld-associates/2013/2/28/16th-time-of-the-writer-international-writers-festival-durban-18-23-march-2013)

“…The second talk of that night is by Ugandan Jackee Batanda and Aman Sethi from India. Both are journalists and writers and, appropriately enough, their discussion is under the rubric, The Reporter as Writer…”  Read More
(http://mg.co.za/article/2013-03-15-00-talent-flows-at-time-of-the-writer)

“…It is a view shared by another recognized Ugandan writer, Jackee Batanda. Currently a research and writing fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand and editor with the Global Press Institute (GPI)…”    Read more
(http://startjournal.org/2012/07/can-a-writer-earn-a-living-in-uganda/)

“…Uganda Journalist and accomplished writer Jackee Batanda is the new East Africa regional editor for the Global Press Institute. Ms Batanda, 31, recently concluded her stint as the 2011-2012 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow…”    Read More
(http://www.acme-ug.org/index.php/uganda-journalist-is-new-east-africa-regional-editor-for-the-global-press-institute/)

“…As the world reeled from the Kony2012 debacle, Uganda disappeared from the global headlines. Today, Jackee Budesta Batanda — one of the first Kony2012 dissidents — is using social media to call attention to a serious, very real issue facing children in Northern Uganda today..”    Read More
(http://socialmediachimps.com/news/nodding-disease-joseph-kony-and-the-children-of-northern-uganda/)

“…’Women, Media, Revolution’ panelists (l-r) Jackee Batanda, Jina Moore and Jennifer Pozner…”  Read more
(http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/blog/2012/03/07/womens-rights-are-human-rights-reflections-from-the-u-n-commission-on-the-status-of-women/)

“…Ugandan journalist Jackee Budesta Batanda has written a sharp piece in the Boston Globe about how the Museveni government arrested Vincent Nzaramba and held him in jail for five days on charges of inciting violence in his book…”   Read more
(http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/uganda-museveni-writer-arrested)

“…Jackee Budesta Batanda — a Ugandan journalist who has reported on the vicious acid attacks of women as “revenge crimes” and the targeted murders of albinos — has been selected as the 2011-2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow…”    Read more
(http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2011/ugandan-journalist-cis)

“…In 2006, Jackie Batanda won a Commonwealth award and was nominated for the Caine Prize. She has also won several fellowships…”    Read more
(http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/9/38/760273)

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