South African Cultural Observatory National Conference
arts & culture
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

MEASURING & VALUING SOUTH AFRICA’S CULTURAL & CREATIVE ECONOMY

Bamuturaki Musinguzi

Musinguzi is a Ugandan professional journalist and cultural economist. He has close to 23 years of professional experience in news reporting with various local and international media houses based in Kampala, Uganda.

Currently, he is a Special Correspondent with The EastAfrican and Freelance Writer with the Daily Monitornewspapers both published by the Nation Media Group.  He is also a Freelance Correspondent with the New AfricanMagazine, Published by IC Publications, London, U.K, among others. 

At The EastAfrican newspaper, where Musinguzi has worked since 2003, he mainly writes feature stories on African history and heritage, arts and culture and the creative economy in general. His feature stories emphasise the achievements and challenges of third world development.

Musinguzi developed a serious interest in journalism upon working as a handy boy with Soccer World a Ugandan football magazine in 1989. A year after his “A” level in 1993 he joined The Tribune, a weekly newspaper as a cub reporter covering general news, business, economics and sports. He reported for The Tribune published by Datalink Limited up to 1996.

In September 1998, Musinguzi joined Voice of Tooro, a local private radio station as a news reporter, a position he held up to November 2001. From December 2001 to March 2003 he was a Production Assistant (News Editor) for Bunyoro Broadcasting Service (BBS) FM radio.

Musinguzi attended City Primary School in Kampala for his Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) between 1981 and 1984; Nyakasura School in Fort Portal, Kabarole District for his Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) from June 1986 and 1988; and his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) from 1990 to 1992 at Caltec Academy Makerere, Kampala.

Musinguzi holds a Diploma in Journalism from the Ugandan Management Institute (UMI) 1996/97; a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of South Africa (UNISA) 2013; and an International Master in Economics of Culture: Policy, Government and Management (IMEC-PGM) degree (2015) from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy.

The IMEC-PGM programme analyses cultural organisations, creative industries, art markets and cultural goods from an economic perspective.

The topic for his Master’s degree research project was: “The Challenges of the Creative Economy in Africa: A Case Study of Uganda,” in which Musinguzi recommends that: African governments should develop explicit cultural policies as well as institutions and infrastructure to deliver on policy objectives; policy reforms should move away from primarily focusing on heritage and preservation to include contemporary culture to foster the development of cultural and creative industries; the relevant structures should be funded and empowered to execute their mandate; policies should enhance and broaden access and participation in cultural activities and consumption of cultural goods and services; and policies should be implemented in the fields of culture, education, languages and communication, among others.

Bamuturaki Musinguzi