Freelance Columnist/Videographer, London, UK & London, ON. Born: Uganda
During the mid-80s, Nam Kiwanuka and her family fled Uganda’s civil war and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp before emigrating to Canada.
After moving out on her own at the age of 16, Nam went on to graduate with a Journalism degree from Ryerson University. As MuchMusic VJ and Host for Sportsnet, Nam interviewed Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Michael Jordan, Vince Carter and traveled to Cuba to document the country’s Hip Hop revolution. Nam has worked with BET Television, ET Canada, CNN and NBATV. She’s traveled to Mali to tell the stories of FGM (female genitalia mutilation) survivors and has volunteered in Sierra Leone with Journalists for Human Rights.
Nam has produced in-depth stories on the controversy over the ‘N-word’; the politics of the Confederate flag in America and has traveled to the internally displaced camps (IDP) in Northern Uganda. Nam currently writes a column for the BBC’s Focus on Africa Magazine and has been published in Chart magazine, Jane, the Toronto Star and has written for the international aid agency, AMREF. She has been featured in Maclean’s magazine, Vice, and was named a ‘Woman to Watch’ by Chatelaine Magazine (2008). Nam’s currently producing, directing and hosting a pilot called, t.i.aTV, a show that will celebrate the faces and places of Africa.
Honours: UMAC ‘Best Media Personality’ award.
Community: Ambassador to the Canadian Red Cross.