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Celebrating Dr. Susan N. Kiguli's Lifetime Achievement in Poetry.


Dr. Susan Kiguli

On October 26, 2023, at the International Civil Poetry Festival in Vercelli, Italy, Dr. Susan N. Kiguli, an alumna of AHP (African Humanities Program) 2011, was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary contributions to the world of poetry. This award is a testament to her remarkable talent and dedication to the art of words.

Dr. Kiguli's achievement is particularly significant, as she becomes the first African poet to receive this prestigious honor. The Lifetime Achievement Award has previously been bestowed upon renowned poets such as Jesper Svenbro, Adam Zagajewski, Tony Harrison, Adonis, and Evgenij Evtushenko, making Dr. Kiguli's name a welcome addition to this distinguished list.


A Legacy of Words

Dr. Susan N. Kiguli's journey in the realm of poetry has been marked by a profound connection to words and the ability to weave them into intricate mosaics of meaning. Her poetry reflects her deep insights into the human experience, addressing themes that resonate with readers from all walks of life.

Over the years, Dr. Kiguli has continued to captivate audiences with her lyrical verses, exploring themes of identity, heritage, love, and social justice. Her poetic works have served as a bridge, connecting people across cultures and continents, and her impact on the world of literature has been immeasurable.


Scholar and Advocate

Beyond her celebrated work in poetry, Dr. Susan N. Kiguli has made significant contributions as a literary scholar and advocate for creative writing in Africa. She currently holds the esteemed position of an associate professor of literature at Makerere University.

She has played a pivotal role in fostering creative writing in Africa. Additionally, her influence extended to the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, where she served as a judge for the African Region in 1999. Dr. Kiguli's commitment to nurturing African literature is further evident through her advisory board membership with the African Writers Trust.

Praised by the poet and critic Alex Smith as "the leading intellectually astute voice in contemporary East African poetry," Dr. Susan N. Kiguli's work has resonated with a global audience. This distinction speaks to her exceptional contributions to the field and underscores her lasting legacy.


"Weeping Lands" Unveiled

The ceremony was also a moment to celebrate Dr. Kiguli's latest literary offering, "Weeping Lands." This bilingual edition, available in both Italian and English, promises to be a literary masterpiece that transcends language barriers. The book delves into the depths of human emotions, offering a poignant reflection on the challenges and triumphs of the human spirit.

"Weeping Lands" is poised to enchant readers worldwide, as it beautifully encapsulates the essence of Dr. Kiguli's poetic prowess. The bilingual aspect of the book reflects her commitment to sharing her words with a global audience, a testament to the universality of her themes.


A Resounding Congratulations

On behalf of the AHA community (African Humanities Association), we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Susan N. Kiguli. Her achievement is not only a personal triumph but also a source of inspiration for poets and literary enthusiasts worldwide. We are immensely proud to count her among our distinguished alumni and celebrate her continued success in the world of poetry.

As Dr. Kiguli's journey in the realm of poetry continues to flourish, we eagerly anticipate the impact her words will have on future generations. Her ability to transcend cultural boundaries and touch the hearts of diverse readers is a testament to the enduring power of poetry. We look forward to witnessing the legacy she will undoubtedly leave for generations to come.