Goretti Kyomuhendo

Goretti Kyomuhendo’s “Whispers from Vera” 20th anniversary in Kampala

The twentieth anniversary of Goretti Kyomuhendo’s novel Whispers from Vera was hosted at the Goethe-Zentrum in Kampala, Uganda on Friday, September 8, 2023.

Goretti Kyomuhendo’s first book Whispers from Vera described by readers as timely and timeless was published in 2002. A new version of the book was reissued by the African Writers Trust on August 11 this year. The book blurb goes thus;

Twenty-nine-year-old Vera is desperate to meet Mr Right after several failed relationships. A high-flyer, Vera is determined to have it all: a husband, family and an illustrious career. When she meets Eric, a hunky, corporate executive, Vera is elated. Eric is thirty-one, single and searching. Then a secret of unimaginable magnitude that Eric has kept from Vera surfaces, threatening to destroy their otherwise perfect romance. Will Vera make the necessary sacrifices to keep the fame burning? Set against the vibrancy of Kampala metropolis in the 2000s, Whispers from Vera is a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek read, enriched with Uglish and local languages. Free-spirited and audacious, Vera documents the whole gamut of her life’s experiences as she navigates through the lows and highs of motherhood and wifehood of a middle-class, modern-day, Ugandan career woman.

The new publication had its first launch on African soil in Kampala on September 8 with many in the local literary community showing their support for one of the pioneers of their scene.

The next stop on her tour will be Nairobi where she will be in conversation with Lutivini Majanja at Cheche Books on September 27 at 6 pm.

Here are some images from the launch courtesy;

Whispers from Vera by Goretti Kyomuhendo



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