Evangeline Ledi Barongo
Born in the western Uganda district of Hoima, Evangeline Ledi Barongo trained as a nursery nurse and worked for one year as a nursery teacher in England. Earning a Diploma in Library Science, at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, she later became a Librarian at Bayero University in Nigeria before returning to Uganda in 1986 to work with the Uganda Public Libraries Board, running a children's library service in the capital city of Kampala. In 1991, she was a beneficiary of a scholarship that enabled her to make a two month study visit to the International Youth Library in Munich.
Barongo is a founding member of the Uganda Children's Writers and Illustrators Association (UCWIA) and member of the Reading Association of Uganda (RAU), and the Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA).
She has also served on the board of the National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU) since its formation in 1997. She has attended conferences, delivered scholarly papers at several conferences that are connected with young people and reading, and contributed articles in journals. She has been involved in other reading promotion activities such as organizing reading tents and exhibitions, to mention but a few. She has been hosted at local, national, and regional functions that are held at various schools and clubs, as well as at community centres both in Uganda and abroad.
Renowned as an author, Barongo has written and published books in English and in Runyoro, her mother tongue, in Uganda and abroad. One of her books has been translated into several languages in Africa and Europe. Her books have won several awards in the book community at local and international levels, including The NABOTU Children's Author of the Year (in 2004 and 2008). Evangeline Ledi Barongo has now retired from active civil service but runs a bookshop in Hoima and continues to write for children and in reading promotion activities. stay involved in reading promotion activities.
1.Mother Bat, Ma-kite and Other Stories (1994) Kisumu, Kenya: Lake Publishers & Enterprises.
2.Lazy Crocodile and Wise Monkey. Illus. by Justin Osupelem (1998) Kampala: Uganda: Monitor Publications.
3. Kaheru the Orphan. Illus. by Kasagga Jude (2002) Kampala, Uganda: Uganda Children's Writers and Illustrators Association.
4.Greedy Monkey Loses a Best Friend. Illus. by Kasagga Jude (2004) Kampala, Uganda: Uganda Children's Writers and Illustrators Association.
5.How Hare Became King. Illus. by Kasagga Jude (2008) Kampala, Uganda: Uganda Children's Writers and Illustrators Association.