Austin Ejiet was born in Uganda in May 1951. he was educated at Makerere University, the University of Stirling in Scotland, and Marquette University, USA. He also atteded the international writing Programme at the Universityof lowa, USA. Before leaving Makerere after 25 years of service, he designed and incorporated into the curriculum of the Departmentof Literature, a course on creative writing which continues to enjoy unprecedented success and popularity. He is now a consultant and full- time writer, taking time off once a week to produce the ward- winning newspaper column ‘Take It or Leave it’, initially for the Sundy Monitor and now for the Sunrise newspapers.
Aida, Hurray for Somo and Other Stories is a thematic aggregate of Austin Ejiet’s creative output, featuring as it does the author’s earliest experiments and some of his most recent short stories. Although the stories are wholly fictional, they ancapsulate three decades of Uganda’s violent history and, more importantly, the responses of human beings to crises engendered by pain and sustained brutality, giving credence to Albert Camus’ assertion that there is more to admire in men that to despise.
Cover illustration by Francis .