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Alex Mukulu

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Alex Mukulu is a Ugandan playwright, theatre director, and political satirist.[1] Among his plays are: ‘Thirty Years of Bananas’ (1991), ‘Wounds of Africa’ (1988) and ‘Muzukulu Wa Kabangala’ (1977). Alex Mukulu has written, produced and directed plays in Uganda since 1977. His plays have been performed internationally, including in the USA, Germany, Canada, Austria and Bulgaria.


Early life[edit | edit source]

Alex Mukulu was born in Buganda, Uganda in 1955. He attended Kololo Senior Secondary School and studied theatre at Makerere University, Uganda's oldest university. [2] Alex has four adult children: two girls and two boys.

Before his playwright career, Alex Mukulu was a member of the River Nile band, singing with the late Philly Lutaaya and founder Fred Kanyike.[3]

Plays[edit | edit source]

  1. Muzukulu wa Kabangala (1977)
  2. Engule ya Kamukukulu (1978 )
  3. Springs of Tears (1979)
  4. The Cigarette (1980)
  5. Opera Bakisimba (1980)
  6. Twin Opera (1980)
  7. The Celebrity (1983)
  8. I Killed The Archbishop (1984)
  9. Gwanga Mujje (1985)
  10. Stop It With 11 Men (1986)
  11. Mbasalidde ga Nkolwa (1985)
  12. Liberator Kid (1987)
  13. The Drunkards (1986/7)
  14. Wounds of Africa (1988)
  15. Peasants Cry (1989)
  16. 30 Years of Bananas (1991)
  17. Excuse me Mzungu (1992)
  18. The Guest of Honour (1994)
  19. Seven Workers of Uganda (1995)
  20. Radio Mambo Bado (1996)
  21. A Good Muganda Case (1997)
  22. Journey to Self Realisation (performed at the opening ceremony of Chogm 2007)


Honours[edit | edit source]

In 2013 Alex Mukulu was awarded the 50th Uganda Independence Medal by the government for his contribution to theatre in Uganda. [4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Don Rubin (Ed), The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Africa, Vol 3, Routledge, 1997
  2. Luise White,'Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa', University of California Press, May 2000.
  3. Joseph Batte,'Nabuti: The King of Oldies', New Vision Newspaper (Uganda), 3rd August 2006
  4. Taddeo Bwambale and John B. Thawite, ‘3,500 Ugandans to get jubilee medals’,New Vision Newspaper (Uganda), 31 Jan 2013.


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