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NAMANDA
Upon arrival in Mulajje, photographer Laura Watilo Blake was given the African name “Namanda.” During a grand celebration, Namanda performed for students, teachers, parents and community leaders. “I only had one practice during the week, so I was a bit nervous about performing a dance routine in which I didn’t know all the steps,” she says. “I’ve had dreams like that. This time it was a reality.” 
Kids were giggling and adults were smiling as she began the routine and pretty soon, men and women were coming up and placing shillings or candy in her hand as a show of appreciation. “Or maybe they were paying me to stop dancing?” she laughs. Photo by Gonzaga Lukwago; drawing by 13-year-old Catherine, a boarding school student.

NAMANDA
Upon arrival in Mulajje, photographer Laura Watilo Blake was given the African name “Namanda.” During a grand celebration, Namanda performed for students, teachers, parents and community leaders. “I only had one practice during the week, so I was a bit nervous about performing a dance routine in which I didn’t know all the steps,” she says. “I’ve had dreams like that. This time it was a reality.”
Kids were giggling and adults were smiling as she began the routine and pretty soon, men and women were coming up and placing shillings or candy in her hand as a show of appreciation. “Or maybe they were paying me to stop dancing?” she laughs. Photo by Gonzaga Lukwago; drawing by 13-year-old Catherine, a boarding school student.

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