Jason is a regular on the Spoken Word circuit and is a firm crowd favourite at events like Poetry in Session, using his words to call forth emotions in his audience raging from joy to sorrow, inspiring people to agree with him to dub him a dissident but always getting a reaction from the crowd.
“We really need to reconnect with who we are”, says Jason Nturo, a resident at Poetry in Session and audience favourite (see video below for his poem about Africa’s identity). “Although we have an oral tradition, young Ugandans have no place to access their cultural heritage. I consider myself an African poet, yet I almost only know about poetry from outside Africa. What’s up with that?”
“And that’s exactly the problem here in Uganda,” adds the 27-year old with a serious face. “The way we are brought up is to always look for new things outside of Africa. We are forgetting about the things that are coming from our own place. We need to reconnect. Poetry and spoken word are living arts that can do that for my generation”.