Jackee-BatandaUgandan-born Jackee Budesta Batanda, a journalist and writer, lives in Johannesburg where she is a research and writing fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She holds a Master’s degree in Forced Migration Studies from Wits and a BA degree from Makerere University in Kampala.


Batanda has written numerous short stories that have been published in various anthologies, including the titles The Thing that ate your brainHolding onto the Memories and Dora’s Turn, among others. Together with the numerous awards for her fiction writing, including the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, Batanda’s books have also been shortlisted for the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa.


Her work has been performed on the BBC World Service, BBC 3 and other radio stations around the commonwealth. She is a recipient of the Ugandan 2010 Young Achievers Awards.


Batanda has written for Transitions on the Foreign Policy magazine website, the New York Times, Boston GlobeLatitude News, the Global PostThe Star, the Mail&Guardian, the Sunday Vision and Sunday Monitor.


In 2006, Batanda worked as a peace writer at the Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. She was later awarded a research fellowship at the highly competitive Justice in Africa fellowship Programme with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town in 2008.


Batanda was International Writer-in-Residence at the Housing Authors and Literature Denmark in 2010 where she commenced work on her novel, A Lesson in Forgetting. In 2012, she was also featured in the London Times alongside 19 young women shaping the future of Africa. That same year she was also a finalist in the 2012 Trust Women journalism Awards.


She has been writer-in-residence at Lancaster University in the UK.


Selected Bibliography

The Thing that Ate your Brains, Out of the Shadows, Africa-Asian Anthology, 2012 (available on Kindle)

Waiting on the frangipani tree, Per Contra, 2012

Holding on to the Memories, Feminist and Online Scholar Journal, 2009

Remember Atita (in Dancing with Strangers), Oxford University Press, 2008