|Samantha Mukama; A brilliant poet|
At age eleven, Samantha Mukama has already made a mark as a poet. To date, the P.6 pupil at Kitante Primary School in Uganda, has already written numerous poems on child rights and corruption. She is a brilliant girl in and out of class and is harboring dreams of becoming a famous poet and book author in the near future. Child Africa’s Levin Sentongo and Jeremiah Byakika chat with her.
What inspires you?
The fact that children’s rights are being violated everywhere you look. From corporal punishment, lack of education, early marriages and domestic abuse. My poetry talks about these issues so as to create awareness.
How long does it take you to compose a poem?
It takes fifteen to thirty minutes. Because of my passion, words are always running through my mind. All I need is time to arrange them and come up with a very good poem for everyone to read and understand.
Who do your poems target?
We have many injustices happening in my country. For example, when a girl gets pregnant, she drops out of school yet the boy remains in school. In such a case, since I want girls to avoid early sex and peer pressure, I target them because they are more vulnerable than boys. I have other poems that target all children regardless of their gender as well as others that target parents and leaders.
What is your wish for the children of Africa?
My wish is for parents who don’t want to educate their female children to change their hearts. I would also want to see the end of child labour and for governments to have strict laws on people who violate human rights.
People I look up to: My parents, my teachers and children who are making a difference such as the one’s usually featured in BINGWA Magazine.
Most memorable moment: Being featured in the Rainbow Magazine. It was a great day for me and my schoolmates were all happy for me.
Advise to BINGWA magazine readers: Stay in school, avoid peer pressure and respect your elders. Adults should also avoid violating children’s rights and read BINGWA Magazine to find out what the young children are saying and put these into consideration.
Last words: I would like to appeal to the government to put up strict laws on child rights violations, corruption and every crime that causes children to suffer.