Peter Kagayi

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Peter Kagayi
BornPeter Kagayi
Jinja, Uganda
OccupationWriter, teacher
EducationBachelor of Laws
Alma materMakerere University
Notable worksThe headline that morning and other poems

Peter Kagayi is a Ugandan poet,[1] lawyer[2] and teacher.[3] He is the author of a collection of poems, The headline that morning and other poems.[4] He has served as the Anglophone Coordinator at Writivism,[5][6][7] and President of The Lantern Meet of Poets.[8]

Background and education[edit]

Kagayi was born in Jinja District in Uganda,[9] to Alimwingiza David and Namusobya Ruth. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University.[10][11]

He is one of the leading performance poets in Uganda.[12] He has performed with The Lantern Meet of Poets[13] and held a solo poetry performance, "The audience must say Amen".[14] He is the founder and curator of a poetry platform, "The Poetry Shrine", held at the National Theatre in Kampala.[15] His book, The headline that morning and other poems, was published in 2016.[16] Kagayi also writes and performs as part of Kitara Nation, a group of writers and performers based in Kampala. Ugandan poets Daniel Omara, Fahima Babirye, Hawa Nanjobe, Andrew Tuusah and Begumya Rushongoza are also part of the group.


Poetry collections[edit]

  • The Headline that morning and other poems. Sooo many stories. 2016. ISBN 9789970956005.


  • "In 2065"
  • "Last night I told a stranger about you"


  1. ^ Serubiri Moses, "Thought Structures, Deconstructing a Ugandan State of Mind",, 14 February 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. ^ "BOOKS THEY READ: Peter Kagayi - Teacher", Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ "'Sound informs mood which in turn informs rhythm.' An Interview with Peter Kagayi", Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  4. ^ Solomon Kalema, "Kagayi unpacks poetry collection",, 17 June 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Writivism is not just about creating the Africa we want, but the Africa we need", Retrieved 23 November 2016,
  6. ^ "Staff", Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  7. ^ "New Leadership at Writivism | Meet Valerie Bah and Kagayi Peter | by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire" m Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ Bamuturaki Musinguzi, "Uganda's Rich Poetry Culture Comes of Age", Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  9. ^ Douglas D. Sebamala, "Poetry tells Kagayi’s tale",, 13 August 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Q&A: Justice is merely a feeling – Peter Kagayi", Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  11. ^ Gloria Mwaniga, "Young writers are leading a poetry revolution in Uganda",, 19 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Leading Ugandan Poet Gets Published", Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Lantern Meet Marks 5 Years Of Poetry", Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Kagayi’s The Audience Must Say Amen is a break from the normal", Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Uganda's Rich Poetry Culture Comes of Age", Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  16. ^ "BREAKING: Sooo Many Stories to launch Kagayi Peter’s game-changing poetry collection", Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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