The Weganda Review just published its fourth issue this April and it features a stunning collection of Ugandan texts exploring memory and history. Our favorites are the diary of a Ugandan grocery store clerk and an essay on African hair!

The Weganda Review (TWR) is a literary journal produced in Uganda. Founded in 2023 as a cultural project of the non-profit Weganda Foundation, this quarterly is an intellectual platform for writers, researchers, academics, artists and others whose thinking is worth sharing. TWR publishes short stories, poetry, art portfolios, photography, reviews, diaries and, especially, essays as cultural criticism.

The Weganda Review’s fourth issue (April – June 2024) has been published in print and online. It includes essays on Kenya’s disputatious leader, the political rise of the Ugandan president’s brother, the “madness” of Nairobi, broken things in Uganda, and African hair. As a fun genre-bending surprise, this issue also includes the diary of a young grocery clerk who works in a supermarket outside Kampala.

The latest issue features poetry by Chioniso Tsikisayi, Ber Anena, Ssebo Lule, and Mugabi Byenkya. You will also find fiction by Rodney Muhumuza and Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto, as well as art portfolios belonging to George W. Kyeyune and R. Canon Griffin. The Quote of the Quarter is extracted from The Sea by John Banville.

Check out the full issue here. Read the table of contents of below.

Table of Contents


Rutocracy by Robert Waswani

Number Five by Rodney Muhumuza

Till the End by Risdel Kasasira

What’s Broken? by Adventino Banjwa

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Dennis Mugaa

Important Hair by Iruoma Chukuemeka

Grace Achike by Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto


Two poems by Ber Anena

One poem by Chioniso Tsikisayi

One poem by Ssebo Lule

One poem by Mugabi Byenkya


Counting by Jackline Nanziri, Grocery Clerk

Q of the Q

John Banville via The Sea

Art and Photography

Weganda Cartoon by Joseph Mugume

Ordinary Lives by George W. Kyeyune, with an introduction by TWR

Weganda Expression by TWR

Subtlety by R. Canon Griffin, with an introduction by TWR

Cover art by George W. Kyeyune