About Us

Mawazo was set up in September 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda by the directors: Doreen Baingana and Farida Bagalaaliwo.

The Team

Doreen Baingana is a widely-published, award-winning writer with an MFA in Creative Writing (UMD, US) and a law degree from Makerere University, Uganda. Prizes include an AWP Prize and a Commonwealth Prize for her short-story collection, Tropical Fish. She has led creative writing workshops in the US, the UK, and multiple African countriesDoreen Baingana 2015; was a Managing Editor of Storymoja Publishers, Kenya, and Chairperson of Femrite: The Uganda Women Writers’ Association; and a judge of prizes including the Hurston/Wright Prize for Debut Fiction, the Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her mission as a writer goes hand in hand with her aspiration to nurture newer writers.




Farida Bagalaaliwo is a Ugandan educator and entrepreneur with a strong interest in the arts. She is a women and children’s rights activist and has worked with non profit Faridaorganisations to raise awareness about violence against women and children. She previously served on the boards of the Uganda Forex Bureau and Money Remittance Association and Femrite: Uganda Women Writers’ Association. She is the managing director of an early learning centre in eastern Uganda.



We aim to partner with institutions and initiatives locally, regionally and internationally who share our mission of enhancing the quality and quantity of literary production across Africa.

The Miles Morland Foundation

MMF_Word_LogoThe Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature.

Department of English at the University of Bristol

Screen Shot 2017-09-10 at 21.47.17The partnership with the University of Bristol is intended to help with developing pedagogies and an online platform to support Mawazo’s creative writing workshops.

Find out more about the partnership here:

Arts Management and Literary Activism AMLA

Mawazo participated in the AMLA pilot mentoring program in 2017, which helped develop the Institute’s initial strategic plan and the programme of activities for its first workshop project.

Find out more about AMLA:  https://amlanetwork.com/