Managing EditorAnena is our word weaver and sharp-eyed editor. She prides in “using” and “bullying” words for literary pleasure.
She studied Mass Communication at Makerere University, majoring in specialized writing, and later pursued a Masters in Human Rights. Anena gets excited about anything creative writing, communications generally, and stories that bring tears and laughter.
She worked as a reporter and newspaper editor for five years, and now spends her time creating online content, editing, mentoring young writers during day, and writing poems and novels in the cover of darkness.
Anena authored A Nation in Labour – a collection of social conscience poetry in 2015 and is due to release her second collection titled, Set Me on Fire in 2017. She will treat your work with the experience of a prolific reader and zealous writer.
LILLIAN A. AUJO
EditorLillian is an award winning writer and editor. She won the inaugural BN Poetry Prize in 2009 and the first Jalada Prize for Literature in 2015.
Lillian is a committed lover of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Her editing prowess therefore doesn’t come as a surprise. She will notice the small but important things and suggest the subtle and crucial improvements to every work she looks at.
And did we say she is a lawyer too? That makes her literary antenna even sharper.
We are pleased to have Lilz on the Word Oven team of editors.
Editor & Translator – LuoCaro is our mover. She will nudge, send reminders and makes sure our Word Oven troop heads to the finish line together. Caro holds two degrees in Mass Communication from Makerere University and Public Administration from Gulu University.
After translating peace messages sent to the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels on Mega FM from Luo to English in 2004, she knew there was no turning back. She has walked the journalism corridors as a reporter, editor and in between, translating work for various individuals and agencies.
Did you know she loves books too? Well, she does and it’s not surprising that she did Literature in English in high school and emerged the best female in Gulu District in 2002 and, the first female to score a B in Literature. That’s not a simple feat especially for a district with only two teachers of English Literature at the time.
Caro will give your work some tough love and make it a truly baked meal of words. She is also a director at Word Oven.
BOB G. KISIKI
EditorBob is an ardent art lover. You will find him at arts events donning one of his many hats - publisher, author, speaker, reader and editor.
The graduate of Literature from Makerere University was a teacher of English and Literature for four years, education editor for New Vision newspaper for five years, Associate Editor of Fountain Publishers for four years and currently runs a weekly column with the New Vision. He is also the brain behind Rhema Books publishing house. We are excited to have him as member, board of directors at Word Oven.
Bob will edit your work with the tact of a wordsmith and the passion of new lover.
Davina is our reader-in-residence and sharp-sighted editor.
With surgical precision, she will check out that word, question that punctuation, investigate the flow (or lack thereof) of that idea. If you want quality, prepare yourself for her tough love.
Some of her short stories have been published by the Caine Prize, Lawino Magazine, Sooo Many Stories, African Writer’s Trust, and FEMRITE (the rest are strewn all over her desktop). She used to be a features writer for African Woman Magazine.
She is working on her first novella and, of course, we can’t wait to devour it.
EditorJan is our enchanter. She performs every task with a dimpled smile and laughter, making work appear so easy. The graduate of Communication Skills at Makerere University has been the Op-eds/Letters sub-editor and Editor at Daily Monitor for more than five years.
She has also written numerous short stories and articles “marinated” with humour and satire. Check out Sunday Monitor, read her column and you’ll send us a thank you emoji later
A lot of her followers also know Jan for hosting the soul-gripping Rhythm of the Night show on Radio One, a position she held for more than seven years before quitting, leaving her listeners with tears of nostalgia.
We are excited to have this lover of fiction, music, satire, humour and quality communication on our team.
Editor & Translator – LuoGillian is your typical linguistic guru. She will make translating anything from Luo to English and vice versa look so easy you’d wonder how she does it.
The graduate of English Language and Literature from Gulu University has been a writer, editor and translator since 2009. Gillian loves books too and is passionate about music, films and religiously follows local, national and global public affairs issues.
She uses her ear-to-the ground attitude to bring the best knowledge and skill to editing and translation.
MAPESA PAUL WAMAYA
Translator-SwahiliMapesa is our walking Swahili dictionary. His ability to master languages is mind blowing. The dude speaks seven languages? Well, he does and he is still learning more.
A graduate of Bachelors of Education from Makerere University, Mapesa was a Swahili Instructor for the Uganda People’s Defence Forces at the National Leadership Institute- Kyankwanzi for five years. He was also the Education and Resettlement Officer for the Lord Resistance Army returnees for four years.
He currently teaches Swahili and Economics at Buddo Secondary School.
Mapesa loves politics, football, and current affairs.
He will give your work, whether scientific, legal, political, entertainment or otherwise, the perfect Swahili touch.
Graphics DesignerJackie is our design doctor. She will smile throughout your interaction with her, barely interrupting you. She does her things without a fuss and then bombs you with an awesome final product.
She studied Industrial Fine Art and Design at Uganda Christian University and it’s from there that she learnt to design and craft art from the heart.
Did you see that Word Oven logo? That’s just one of the things she can do, besides page laying and designing magazines, newspapers, reports, stationery, personalized t-shirts, umbrellas, print adverts, and more.