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Nam Kiwanuka
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Nam Kiwanuka is a columnist for the BBC’s Focus on Africa Magazine and a former VJ/Videographer for Canada’s Music Station, MuchMusic. Nam has appeared as a Contributor on the Marilyn Denis Show on CTV and has hosted and produced shows for Rogers Sportsnet and BET. She’s reported for ET Canada, CNN and has written for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Jane Magazine and xojane.com. Nam was an Ambassador for MalariaBites.net, a Canadian Red Cross campaign and helped to raise $2 million for the program. She appeared on national television to promote the campaign, spoke at schools about the dangers of Malaria, a preventable disease that continues to kill millions of children in Africa and Asia and she traveled to Mali, West Africa where she documented the distribution of bed nets and vaccinations. Nam has been featured on the cover of Planet Africa Magazine and in 2008, Chatelaine Magazine in its 80th anniversary issue, named her one of 80 Canadian Women to Watch. After volunteering in Africa, Nam decided to create a TV show, which combated the negative stereotypes, and images that are often used to portray Africa. Nam’s TV pilot,‘This Is Africa’, celebrates the places and faces of Africa. Nam has been featured in Maclean’s, Sway and Vice Magazines and the BBC World Service program.

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What My Girlfriends Have Taught Me About Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM

As a child I feared Mother's Day. It was a constant reminder that my own mother wasn't in my life. When my friends complained about something one of their mothers had done, I would flinch with envy. I spent nights thinking about my own mother. With each year that passed,...

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How Canada Saved Me From Violence

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 4:46 PM

Nearly 25 years ago, I walked through darkened forests and along deserted roads alongside my father, uncle and three siblings. We'd fled the war following Idi Amin's regime in Uganda. It's been estimated that Amin was responsible for the deaths of up to 400,000 people.

Before we left Kampala,...

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Eradicating Poverty in Uganda One Bead at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 10:22 AM

It's been said that poverty in Africa has a female face but BeadforLife is trying to change that. On my last trip to Uganda, I had the opportunity to visit "Friendship Village," a community of 132 families, run mostly by single mothers who've been widowed or are living with HIV/AIDS....

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