Here’s to the crazy ones! The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of the rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify them or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things! They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do!

The above, were the writings, or rather, the subtitles, to what was, back then, Steve Job’s Apple’s new advertising and/or marketing strategy; one founded on values, one that recognised and honoured passionate change-oriented persons, and, importantly, one that like the ever-powerful brand that is Nike, sold more than just their own products –shoes. We shall revisit these words as we sum up.

The Issue

Stella The Symbol

I am on assignment to write an article for the Makerere Law Journal, The Deuteronomy and Writers Block Uganda. The options are two; mental health and the law on suicide, or freedom of expression and internet governance, with particular focus on Stella Nyanzi. The latter is my choice, for a few obvious reasons; Stella Nyanzi has by her own impressive efforts grown to become a contemporary local, continental, and international icon for her utilisation of social media in making her own and anyone’s case heard, and causes fronted. I mean, you cannot even say her name in bits or halves no more.

Stella Nyanzi has been hailed, by some commentators, as the one who finally found the guts to do what the not-so bold rest of us could not conceive. For that, she has, and rightly so, earned, thanks to Facebook’s power of virality, a full followership. Whenever she has had the opportunity, she has reminded us, like she assured Andrew Mwenda, when he tried to respond to her assertion that he was a failure at creative writing, that “I am not for hire. My pen serves me and mine.” It is her show, and she runs it. Even the Police is aware. In a press briefing, when she was briefly held for investigations and, perhaps, cautioning over her choice of language, the police spokesperson noted that she knows how to perform whenever the cameras are directed towards her.

Stella The Talent

Stella Nyanzi is without a doubt a talent. She, previously, posited herself as a writer, and we agreed. Some of us discovered her in July 2016, when she serialised about Ikoku, and his spear (read penis). With blunt imagery, she penned, “and although the cobra has only one small eye in the centre, he sees the white tunnel of my womanity. Each time that Ikoku’s spear wakes up in my honour, it aims precisely and shoots right into all my pleasure berries.” We could not help but ask when the stories got to us; WHO IS THIS? For a generation that grew up with hushed conversations about sex, and in an age dominated by information hungry teenagers and young adults with access to the internet, both on a quest for sexual discovery, she became an instantaneous hit. Her footprint has reached everywhere since then.

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