Act of Parliament for Libraries

Canada based writer Opiyo Oloya, in July asked the Parliament of Uganda to pass an Act that would permit Hashtag Uganda Reading to set up multiple libraries in the country.

Oloya was addressing a crowd that had come to get their copies of his latest book, Black Hawks Rising signed.

Calling on the deputy speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanya, and other politicians, the write said, “There must be an act of parliament that will allow this voluteer group(Hasgtag Uganda Reading) to establish a library in every single village in Uganda”.

#UgandaReading voluntarily took on the responsibilty of promoting the military book that looks at AMISOM’s rôle in ending a crisis in Somalia.

Black Hawks Rising book signing attracted tens of readers to Aristoc Garden City, where the event was held.

The bookstore is selling a copy of the Oloya book at 40 dollars, and a good number were sold out that Saturday.

Reading spirits were high in the air, as tales of how reading cultures were adopted got shared.

“I remember the first book that Dr. Martin Alike brought for me. It was called ‘Go Dog Go’, it’s a classic now. It’s the simplest story… When Ocen was born I bought that book he loved that book so much that I had to read it every night before he went to bed. This book inculcated in me the love for reading”, Oloya said.

The book that was published in Britain, also glorifies Uganda’s rôle in fighting terrorist group Al Shabab, in the horn of Africa where Uganda People’s Defence Forces has lost tens of men in line of duty.

Who is Opiyo Oloya?

He is one of the Ugandans who fled the country during violence in 1981. Opiyo Oloya, born in 1957, first arrived in Kenya, before applying for refugee status in Canada, where he was accepted.

From Pamin-Yai village in Northern Uganda, Oloya was lucky to continue his studies at Queens University.

Teaching is what he has done as a main profession, but Oloya also writes comments in the New Vision.

“Child to Soldier” is his first mabor book, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2013.

When Oloya is not teaching or writing, you will find him enjoying African music. Back in Toronto, he hosts a radio program that features African tunes.

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