Jerry Sesanga

Ugandan author, journalist, filmmaker, and women’s rights activist

Sub-Saharan Africa

Jerry Sesanga is a Ugandan author, journalist, filmmaker, and human rights activist. He has used art, both literature and film, to advocate for gender equality and access to health services and information to youth, to fight child marriage and domestic violence, and to demand political freedom. Shortly after finishing school, his writing was published in the Ugandan newspapers Sunrise and Daily Monitor. As a student at East Africa’s most prestigious institution Makerere University, his writing success earned him a scholarship to study in New York, which prompted his decision to study mass communication at St. Lawrence University. Sesanga self-published his first book in 2014, and later signed a five-year contract with Longhorn Publishers. He has now published twelve books, selling more than 30,000 copies. He seeks to tell authentic Ugandan stories to a global audience through film. He created ULLYWOOD, which he hopes will develop into the Ugandan cinema industry, and he recently produced a short film entitled “The Baby Bride” to raise awareness about child marriage. Sesanga is involved with Plan International Uganda, where he started as a sponsored child and now works with the organization as a member of its new Sponsored Child Alumni Association and Goodwill ambassador.

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