The award that supports culture and development
was born in Gulu district in northern Uganda in 1977.
She holds a MFA in Filmmaking and Media Arts from Temple University in the US, a Bachelor of Arts in African Language, Literature in English and Theatre, and a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama from Makerere University, Uganda.
After a day’s work Adong unwinds by sipping some good wine and watching television series. She is the artistic director of Silent Voices Uganda, a non-profit organisation that supports the development and production of performing arts.
According to Adong, the biggest challenge facing Uganda’s film and the performing arts is the limited training that the students are receiving in relation to theory versus practices.
“Theory is all good if a student aspires to become a scholar, but when a student aspires to work in the field of producing and a lot more time has to be dedicated to practical lessons. Currently, the opposite is true in Uganda, where more time is dedicated to theory,” she says.
Adong will receive her award lat the end of the year at a ceremony where Prince Constantijn will present the awards at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on December 6. On December 5, the 2018 Laureates will tell their stories at Louder than Words, a public event at the Compagnie theatre in Amsterdam.
Mathare Youth Sports Association. A Development aid organisation in Kenya. Also in 1997: Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, a Congolese-tanzanian political philosopher
Opiyo Okatch, a Kenyan dancer and choreographer Henry Chakava, a Kenyan publisher Kwani Trust, a Kenyan literary platform and magazine
Boniface Mwangi, a Kenyan press photographer and peace activist The other are the Market Photo Workshop (South Africa), Marwa Al-sabouni (Syria), Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines), Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia), O Menelick 2º Ato (Brazil).