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 brain, Holding 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 Post, The 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.
Bio courtesy of Time of the Writer Festival.
Contact me at: jbatanda[at]gmail.com.