The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Patience Akumu

Photograph of Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-
based freelance writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

From 2009 to 2013, she worked for The Observer,
an independent tri-weekly newspaper in Uganda.  She now writes mainly for international publications.

For her David Astor Award programme in 2013, she was attached to The Independent, The Times, and The Observer in London for three months, where she wrote news, features and commentaries.

In 2011, she won the Uganda Human Rights Commission Award for her reporting.  She was selected in 2012 for a State Department-sponsored tour in the United States to cover gay rights issues.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a Master’s in Journalism and Communication from Makerere University.

When she is not out looking for the next life-changing story, she likes to read poetry and play with her young daughter and son, who she hopes will grow up in a better Africa.

Twitter:  @Patienceakumu