Glaydah Namukasa

Glaydah Namukasa is a Ugandan writer and midwife. She is the author of two novels, “Voice of a Dream,” and “Deadly Ambition,” and a member of FEMRITE, the Ugandan Women Writer’s Association.

Glaydah was born in Entebbe, Uganda. She studied in Nkumba Primary School, then Entebbe Secondary School. She started her writing career by telling stories to fellow students at these schools. She used to ask herself why she could not write the stories instead. She would use exercise books to record her stories and later request friends to read through the work.

One of her enthusiastic friends, Andrew Byogi, who read them over and over again, recommended her to FEMRITE, where she became an activist and active writer.

Glaydah’s young adult novel, “Voice of a Dream,” won the 2005/2006 Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa. In 2008 she was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow by the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa.

She has also been a visiting writer in residence at City of Asylum Pittsburgh and Ledig House International writers’ residence in Hudson, New York. Her work has appeared widely in multiple anthologies.