The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin

Events this week celebrate the opening of an exhibit featuring 200 photographs of Ugandan president Idi Amin, together with film and radio material generated by the Amin government. The exhibition, curated by Nelson Abiti, Richard Vokes, Edgar Taylor and Derek Peterson, grows out of a very large trove of recently-discovered photographic negatives digitised at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.

The exhibit at the Uganda Museum is open through to the end of November this year, after which it will travel to Soroti, Arua, Kabale and Mbarara. The opening events below will be broadcast live by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation. An exhibition booklet is available here. News coverage is available at the online site of New Vision.

The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin: Photographs from the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation
Uganda Museum, Kira Road, Kitante Road, Kampala

Programme of Opening Events

Monday, 20 May at 4:00
Family Memories of Idi Amin
General Tabaan Amin
Maimouna Amin

Tuesday, 21 May at 4:00
Covering Idi Amin: Journalism in the 1970s
Horace Awori, formerly editor of the Voice of Uganda
Aggrey Awori, formerly director of Uganda Television
Al Hajj Nzereko Abdul, formerly Director of Political Programs at UTV
Dick Kasolo, formerly District Information Officer in Kasese
Elly Rwakoma, free-lance photographer

Wednesday, 22 May at 10:00
Feedback session with the curators
Nelson Abiti
Richard Vokes
Edgar Taylor
Derek Peterson

Wednesday, 22 May at 4:00
Victims of the Amin Regime
WodOkello Lawoko, author of The Dungeons of Nakasero
Ben Okello Luwum, eldest son of archbishop Janani Luwum
Rhoda Kalema, wife of William Kalema, former UPC cabinet minister
Sarah Bananuka, daughter of Nekemiah Bananuka, former UPC district chairman, Ankole

All events are free and open to the public

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