The award that sup­ports cul­ture and development

The East African - - THE MAGAZINE -

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).

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