Uganda: Wakaliga slum bursts into a film set creating Wakaliwood

In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, a dozen children perform a traditional courtship dance from eastern Uganda as part of a platform for changing attitudes among youth using dance, drama and popular hip hop music, at the Treasure Life Center in the Kamwokya slum of Kampala, Uganda. As World AIDS Day is marked on Dec. 1, Uganda and many other African countries are continuing their battle against HIV and AIDS, and Ugandan street activists like 26-year-old Hood Katende are trying to use music and drama to stem a troubling resurgence of HIV, which now infects more than 500 young women between the ages of 15 and 24 each week, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)

In the evenings, when the children are returning from school and the men and women are retiring from a hard day’s work, Wakaliga – a slum in Uganda’s capital, Kampala – bursts into a merry film set. There are no managers or PR teams as the characters of different movies,…

Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.