Ugandan-born Jackee Budesta Batanda, a journalist and writer, lives in Johannesburg where she is a research and writing fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She holds a master’s degree in Forced Migration Studies from Wits and a BA degree from Makerere University in Kampala.

Batanda has written numerous short stories that have been published in various anthologies, including the titles The Thing that ate your brainHolding onto the Memories and Dora’s Turn, among others. Together with the numerous awards for her fiction writing, including the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, Batanda’s short stories have also been shortlisted for the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa.

Her work has been performed on the BBC World Service, BBC 3 and other radio stations around the commonwealth. She is a recipient of the Ugandan 2010 Young Achievers Awards.

 Batanda has written for Transitions on the Foreign Policy magazine website, the New York Times, Boston Globe, Latitude News, the Global PostThe Star- Africa Edition, the Mail & Guardian, the Sunday Vision and Sunday Monitor.

In 2006, Batanda worked as a peace writer at the Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. She was later awarded a research fellowship at the highly competitive Justice in Africa fellowship Programme with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town in 2008.

Batanda was International Writer-in-Residence at the Housing Authors and Literature Denmark in 2010 where she commenced work on her novel, A Lesson in Forgetting. In 2012, she was also featured in the London Times alongside 19 young women shaping the future of Africa. That same year she was also a finalist in the 2012 Trust Women journalism Awards.

She has been writer-in-residence at Lancaster University in the UK. Listen to short story, Aciro’s Song.

Bio courtesy of Time of the Writer Festival.

Contact me at: jbatanda[at]gmail.com.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. You have such a resourceful blog. How did i miss this one? I am glad to be part of your stalkers from henceforth.

    • Hey, thanks for this. I am just new to this blogging stuff. Started last month. It is part of my fellowship requirement to blog about different things. And I do love your photography too. Very good.

  2. Hi,
    You are a very gifted lady. Please use this gift to help people whenever you can.
    I come from northern Uganda, and I tell you, I cried over one of your posts in which a man narrated how he and his then pregnant wife were inhumanly treated by the very people who should have protected them.
    I just request that you shouldn’t manipulate your gift in order to get money in the expense of humanity especially in a situation where the two (Money and humanity) clash.

  3. Another one from northern Uganda. As an alumni of University of San diego (Joan B.kroc School of Peace Studies) I am so proud of your works. I was also privileged to speak as a guest at the Women Peace Makers distinguished lecture series. I am so proud that a Ugandan qualified to be a Peace Writer at USD. I currently blog for ChimpReports website and own Happinessnest.wordpress.com. I would treasure your insights on my writing.

  4. this is very inspiring. I wish my sister would look at this blog and realise what a powerfully self driven person can achieve once they set out to do what they outta do.

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