ISBN 9789970637133
Pages 276
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2008
Publisher Fountain Publishers, Uganda
Format Paperback

Ugandan Society Observed

by Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O'Connor is an acclaimed newspaper columnist in Uganda. His column, "Roving Eye", first appeared in 1994 in Sunday Vision and continues in Sunday Monitor. His philosophy is that "for the observer of human behaviour, every scene has its interest". Thoughtful, provocative and sometimes humorous, this selection of 111 columns not only informs and entertains; it provides a panoramic snapshot of Uganda and its society. Topics covered are gender and sexual orientation, sex and love, bazungu (foreigners) and aid, the environment, religion, language, sport, music, education, media, poverty and inequality, health, tobacco, and a pot pourri of thirteen other columns. Cartoons by Moses Balagadde, a noted Ugandan cartoonist, enliven every chapter.

Book Preview


"Being Ugandan is more than skin deep. After more than a decade of living in Uganda, no matter how blond one's hair is and how pale their skin is, one is bound to take on all the characteristics of a Ugandan through and through."

 "Agree or disagree with him, this book is guaranteed to give you plenty of good reflection as well as great entertainment."

Fr. Carlos Rodriguez, Leadership, Uganda

"Kevin O’Connor is one of those few whites (Muzungu) who instead of going to dinner with fellow whites will move down to his local trading centre and chat away with a newspaper vendor or any other locals – in fact most people think he is weird. He has lived in Uganda for over 14 years."

About the Author

Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O'Connor is British and a Ugandan resident, and has worked and lived in Uganda for many years. He previously worked for the British Council, and is now also an accomplished volunteer athletics coach.