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The Literature Department of Kyambogo University was a part of a complex department known as Languages and Literature. In 2007, a split up took place and Literature became an independent department. The department has a long literary tradition that has produced many scholars: Professor Taban lo Lyong, the late Erivania Zirimu, Gerald Matovu, Lubwa Pchong, Okot p Bitek, etc, all of whom have excelled in Literature and made great careers and produced everlasting literary records for mother Uganda and the universe. 

The department has many strengths: first, is the strong heritage of teacher education. Owing to the cited heritage, there has been a great and steady demand for literature and English teachers of Kyambogo University. Second, our graduates can teach both O and A- levels of secondary schools. Third, majority of our students teachers get placed as soon as they graduate: finally, the department has highly qualified, committed and civil staff. 

Vision of the department:

To be a department that fosters literary knowledge and production for the well being of humanity

Mission of the department:

To develop a literary culture through teaching, performing, researching and publishing

Objectives of the department

  • To revitalize literature in schools and in society
  • To build up capacity by training young literary scholars and by encouraging serving staff to upgrade.
  • To increase student enrollment
  • To make literature correspond to market demands
  • To research, write and publish


  • The Department hosted a international Conference of Crossing Borders Sponsored by the British Council 2005
  • The department hosted a Pen Conference in 2008
  • A Second year Class of 2000 staged a play Lysistrata, directed by Mr. Kamugisha
  • Second year Class of 2005/6 presented a Stage Play "They Are All Children" at the National Theatre : (The play was written and directed by Dr. Frances A. Nakiwala)
  • A second year Class of 2008/9 staged a play directed by Dr. Frances A. Nakiwala. The  play was video taped by Uganda Film Association


  • The department plans to revive a traveling theatre
  • To revive Nanga, a departmental literature magazine 
  • To secure housing for its graduate students
  • To establish a resource centre: a complex with studios and theatres
  • To recruit more staff for teaching both undergraduate and graduate programmes
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