HIPUganda weekly, August 1-14, So Confusing

I have no idea why and how this week’s most seen post got to that status. Facebook’s algorithms generate, as this and other articles have been alerting us to, a bubble. The information that reaches us is largely what we already know, or what the smart filters ‘think’ we want to see, based on previous online behaviour. This photograph had only two likes, only one share. Some of the other images posted this week had many more of both. Yet, this one had most views. The share was mine. And I’ll just take it as a compliment that I seem to have some sort of following on Facebook, leading to all this. Actually, I am just going to use this to blatantly advertise a running campaign and hope this will help to forward our efforts through the filter, and make it enter a few more bubbles.

Read all the way down to the end of this post for a preview of the content of what promises to become a special publication in many ways. It might actually (but I cannot give guarantees in this stage) include this photo and a story that goes beyond the marks that time, dust, and humidity left on it…

It has been 6 years since The Kaddu Wasswa Archive was published. The digitisation of Muganda elder Kaddu Wasswa’s documentation is what led to the start of HIPUganda. The book was received well, not in the least by its protagonist. But, as time progressed he also found some flaws in the book. My edit of materials left out some of the successes he had in his life, put too much emphases on the failures. An updated printing on demand version that is rather costly to order was made, fully put together by Kaddu. My role was only to produce it.

Meanwhile Kaddu of course did not sit still. Time moved on and so did his life. He graduated and set up a Non Governmental Organisation for the wellbeing of elders in his community. He started to interview elders and typed out their stories, that often include the way he relates to them, and therefore also add to his own (auto)-biography.

We decided that now is the time to make another addition to our previous efforts, and we hope it will reach an audience. For the occasion Ugandan comedian, actor and writer Philip Luswata has joined the HIPUganda team. With him we produce a short documentary that tells the story of Kaddu’s telepathic sister Theo through Kaddu’s eyes while the audience gets an impression of Kaddu’s everyday life.

Next to the film we will again make a book. This time it will not be produced in the Netherlands, but in Uganda. On Nasser Road to be precise. Uganda’s main printing hub, and the place where Kaddu prints and binds all his manuscripts, in editions of one or two. The edition of the book we are about to make will be a bit higher, and depend on the number of people who sign up for it through the currently running campaign. Please click on the link and, if you are interested, find a way to support the campaign and sign up for your copy of the book…

Nasser Road is not only the place that allowed Kaddu to simply print and bind his writings, while other means of publishing were not accessible to him, it is also the place where you could have your life ‘made’ in documents. As Philip remarked when I shared the idea with him ‘You can be born, confirmed, graduate, marry and die on Nasser Road.’

Kaddu and I are composing the content of The Ttabo, as both book and film are titled. It will be based on his writing and his documents, and include visual responses made by Rumanzi Canon and me.

During our last meeting, while going through a manuscript I had not seen before, Kaddu and I came across what seems to be the perfect introduction, while it also already functions as the entrance to said manuscript. We share it here with you, so you will know what to expect when you sign up for the book. More Confusion. Which we all need to break through the bubbles life presents us with.

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