Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa

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Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa
BornPhilippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa
Kampala, Uganda
GenreFiction, poetry
Notable worksFlame and Song (2016)

Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa (born 1964) is a Ugandan author,[1] a life and personal coach,[2][3] living in Cape Town, South Africa.[4] She spoke at TEDxTableMountain and TEDxPrinceAlbert in 2012.[5] Her memoir, Flame and Song, was published in 2016.[6][7]

Childhood and Education[edit]

Philippa was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1964. She is the youngest daughter of Ugandan poet Christopher Henry Muwanga Barlow and Fayce Lois Watsemwa Barlow (née Kutosi).[8] She went to Nakasero Primary School, and then Gayaza High School.[9] Her family left Uganda to live in Ethiopia when Archbishop Luwum was killed. She then joined Kenya High School where she did both her "O" and "A" levels. She joined Makerere University and spent a year as an occasional student in the department of Music, Dance and Drama. In 1984 she joined Kenyatta University to pursue a Degree in Education. She graduated in 1987 with B.ED Hons in Music and Literature.

Published works[edit]


  • Flame and Song: A memoir. Modjaji Books. 2016. ISBN 978-1928215219.

Children's books[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "How to tell your story" in Nancy Richards, Carol du Toit, ed. (2015). Being a Woman in Cape Town: Telling Your Story. Woman Zone Cape Town. ISBN 9780994662767.


  • "At the gates of Mulago I, II and II" and "Death of an Archbishop" in Patricia Schonstein, ed. (2013). Africa Ablaze! poems and prose pieces of war and civil conflict selected. Africa Sun Press. ISBN 9781874915195.
  • "Velvet Skies" in Patricia Schonstein, ed. (2012). Africa! My Africa!: an anthology of poems selected. Sun Press.
  • "Destiny" and "Serenade" in A. D. Amateshe, ed. (1988). An anthology of East African Poetry. Longman. ISBN 978-0582895225.
  • "To you my friend" in Waveney Olembo, ed. (1986). The Music of Poetry: Poems from Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere.


  1. ^ "Stories of activism, exile and leadership", D6M, 20 January 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa" at LifeLab. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ "The power of focus", Destiny Magazine, 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ Gaaki Kigambo, "Flame and Song: A family’s struggle building a nation",, 1 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa Speaker 2012", TedxTableMountain. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. ^ Tom Odhiambo, "An African elegy of the nations we never built", The Nation, 29 November 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. ^ Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire, "2016’s Acclaimed and Popular Books by African Writers", This Is Africa, 27 December 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa" at Badilisha Poetry X-change. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  9. ^ Joel B Ntwatwa, "Book Review: Flame and Song by Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa",, 5 April 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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