“I have really enjoyed putting this book together combining my passion for cooking and my love for writing.
I know how much some people love to cook from the heart and experiment in the kitchen. Thus, these dishes are from my heart and are all really simple to make. Not a professional and hate cooking? No worries. These recipes do not require too much preparation and certainly do not need you to be a professional. Using the most basic ingredients, I guarantee you will enjoy each and every dish. Who knows, maybe you will develop a love for cooking.
Some of these are recipes handed down to me by my mother and others I have experimented with over the years. I still use all of these recipes myself. If you do not believe me, come over to my house. And I am not just saying this to be polite, like some people (eye roll). My place is not too hard to find, just follow the sweet aroma of home cooked meals.”
In Uganda, one of the cheapest and available ways of transportation like most countries in Africa is a commuter taxi, also called maxi cabs in other countries. In Uganda we call these passenger service vans, (PSV), kamunyes. Thus, this collection of ‘Kamunye Conversations refers to different stories that revolve around these PSVs.
Each tale is a new ride and the events are from the point of view of one particular passenger who in most cases is yours truly. For me every single trip in any form of shared transportation is a story to tell. For some reason, it is like I get into a cab, bus or train with a new batch of actors each time. No script and no rehearsal, always straight to action!
Exile is a term that is used very often in the world today with people running from their countries as a result of persecution, political unrest and estrangement, among other reasons. Leaving your country to live in exile in another country is one thing, living in exile in your own country is quite something else.
I was born in exile and when my family returned, the war in Northern Uganda had started so that led to us living in exile within our own country. We could not travel home to Gulu.
Even when my parents died, we had to bury them with so much security surrounding the place in case the rebels attacked. At my mother’s funeral, we just buried her and left. This breaks my heart to this day. That is not the way of the African burial. We stay with our people even in death. We eat with the mourners and celebrate the life of the dead. We do not just leave them and walk away. This is what the war made us do. The war took almost more than twenty years before I was able to go back home and visit with my relatives.
The Smell of the Poor is a story set in the late sixties and early seventies in Uganda that portrays human suffering resulting from poverty and ignorance in their wiser perspectives. It also highlights the difference in the classes and in the races and tribes. This period was after Uganda got its independence and the Africans were finding their way slowly as the Europeans were leaving the country.
Orach Lutulamoi is a young man from Northern Uganda, forced out of the safety of his village in Acholiland by the usual glitters of the capital city after his mother separates from his drunken father Forasikino Nono Lutulamoi.
The smell of the Poor is a total recollection of Orach’s account of his life up to the point that led him to prison.
‘The General’s Amnesty’ is set in Uganda between 1966 to 1976. This was the first decade of political unrest for Uganda after she gained political independence in 1962. This period also coincided with the author, Salvatore Yoana Olwoc‘s first ten years of paid employment after leaving University. This story is loosely based on his life experience at the time.
The book tells the story of a young man, Orach Lutulamoi from Gulu, Northern Uganda. It portrays the harsh realities of life outside the gates of College, the disillusionment of unfulfilled hopes and desires of a young man.
Salvatore Yoana Olwoc wrote this book more than fifty years ago. Achiro P. Olwoch, his daughter and publisher, edited it. She rewrote part of it for clarity and insertion of place names which could not be mentioned in the years 1966-1976 to complete the book. Otherwise, the content of the original story is unchanged. The General’s Amnesty is a work of fiction.
Till Death’ is set in a post-colonial city in Africa in a country that has undergone a number of regimes and violent take overs and is now being ruled by a dictator General. The main character Joseph Dragu is the voice of the people in whatever he is going through. He echoes the happenings in the country in relation to what is happening in his life. Everything that he goes through, ranging from punishment for his out spoken-ness and defiance at work, to getting a job through nepotism echoes whatever is happening in the country.
ACCREDITED FILMS AND PRODUCTIONS
A TV series that is rocking the nation, The Coffee Shop, was created by Achiro. P. Olwoch and she is also the sole writer of this Award winning TV series which is now in its second season
In ‘My Prison Diary’, a young woman in Uganda falls in love with a Ugandan man in a US prison who is serving three consecutive life sentences. This feature is a personal story by Achiro. P. Olwoch and is currently being produced as a feature film documentary.
On Time is a short film written and directed by Achiro. P. Olwoch and in which she also is one of the main actresses. This film tells the story of a young woman who is a victim of the war in Northern Uganda. If she does not get food for herself and her family, she may never see her family again or even her mother.
With the subject of homosexuality being a taboo in Uganda and most countries in Africa, Achiro looks at homosexuality from another angle. ‘The Surrogate’ is a short film that tackles the subject from the point of view of traditions verses modernity.