As part of the activities to mark the Centenary Celebrations, Makerere University College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) is today, Friday celebrating Prof. Timothy Wangusa as he turns 80 years.
Born in May 1942, Prof Wangusa turned 80 in May this year.
A renowned poet, novelist and teacher, Prof. Wangusa was the 1st Ugandan to be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Makerere University as an independent institution.
‘Uncle Tim”, as he is fondly known, was the first member of the Department of Literature to graduate with a doctorate.
The event is taking place at the Central Teaching Facility-Auditorium along Yusuf Lule Pool Road in Makerere University from 1:30pm to 6:00pm.
Mr Isaac Basiima will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
The ceremony will start will opening speeches by Chair Organizing Committee, Dr Danson Kahyana, Chair Department of Literature, Dr Edgar Nabutanyi, Dean School of Languages, Literature and Communication, Dr Saudah Namyalo, Principal CHUSS Dr Josephine Ahikire and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe.
This will be followed by a performance titled “He Longs to Return to Butiru”.
Ms Joan Twikirize will introduce Prof Timothy Wangusa by giving a brief biography.
Mr Daniel Muduku and Mr Precious Tumwesigye will then read a poem written by Mr Pharis Kateregga.
This will be followed by a keynote address by Mwalimu Austin Bukenya (chaired by Prof Abasi Kiyimba).
A performance titled “Bishop of Cows” will set the mood for a panel discussion featuring; Prof Arthur Gakwandi, Dr Okello Ogwang, Mr Deusdedit Kansiime, Mr James Amatre and Ms Elizabeth Kharono which will be moderated by Dr Susan Kiguli.
A performance titled “Coup D’état” will precede the launch of Mwambu’s Cradle Publishers and Publications by Ms Ayeta Anne Wangusa.
Another performance titled “Song of a Cow” will set the stage for the cutting of Prof Wangusa’s 80th birthday cake and presentation of gifts.
Then Prof Wangusa will deliver his address which will be followed by the last performance of the day titled “Granaries”.
The ceremony will end with closing speeches by the Deputy Principal CHUSS, Dr Eric Awich Ochen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Dr Umar Kakumba, and a vote of thanks by Dr Patrick Mangeni.
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