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Joel at one of the many Poetry Events

Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa


Joel started his public writing journey in 2000 while at Makerere College School, submitting and winning three National Book Trust of Uganda awards (NABOTU) at national level in 1999, 2000 and 2001 for works in poetry. He attended the British Council Lancaster University Crossing Borders program in 2001 and 2004. In 2015 he participated in an online writing cultural exchange called Kampala Writes Bremen. In the same year, he took part in the Writivism Festival held in Uganda. He was also part of the Babishai Poetry Festival in 2014 and 2015.

Joel was longlisted for Writivism’s fiction prize in 2017 and has had his works published by Sooo Many Stories, the 40 Smiles over 40 Days Foundation, Babishai Niwe, and other writing platforms. He wrote for the Journal Perspective Africa (March 2016), Turn the Page Africa, History in Progress – Uganda, Uganda Press Photography Award, Writivism, Kampala International Theatre Festival, Sooo many stories, newspapers New Vision and The Daily Monitor, and on his own blog, He was the visionary that led the Uganda Blogging Community, was an inspirational writer for Vodafone’s Jump program, a scriptwriter for NTV’s Timeline program, and was part of the Lantern Meet of Poets. Joel believed in the use of information to create a culture that is socially conscious and aware of its potential.