Kulabako said because of the introduction of theater for development by Professor Mbowa, some of her students like Andrew Benon Kibuuka, started incorporating her formats in their productions.
late Professor Rose Mbowa, the former head of Music, Dance and Drama department
at Makerere University has been hailed by scholars and artist for
commercializing theater in Uganda.
came up during the Professor Mbowa memorial lecture organized by Uganda National
Cultural Center in partnership with Makerere University that was held at
national theater on Wednesday. Renowned actress, Irene Kulabako and TV
personality praised Professor Mbowa for involving Non-Governmental
Organizations in theater.
“Most of our plays back then, had minimal
audience involvement, but when she came in with theater for development, the
plays became a more human centered production, and were NGO funded. At that
time, there were challenges of HIV, family planning, water, sanitation and
hygiene, the plays were performed in local languages and this is where she
comes in as a pioneer, because that didn’t exist before,” Kulabako said
Kulabako said because of the introduction of
theater for development by Professor Mbowa, some of her students like Andrew
Benon Kibuuka, started incorporating Prof. Mbowa’s formats in their
are people who continued to do different types of theater for development. That
spill off, caused an evolution, when people like Abbey Mukiibi and Kato Lubwama
went on radio, they started using some of those formates.” Kulabako said.
She described professor Mbowa as creative, fearless and genius who
was naturally good at networking.
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Professor Patrick Mangeni, praised the late
Prof. Mbowa as a teacher who groomed artist and developed the art, arguing that
Mbowa fostered positive change through Theater. “Professor Rose Mbowa was an artist, an artist
in every practical way. Here is a teacher who groomed the artist and also
developed the art .She took theater as a frame to foster positive change,”
Mangeni said Mbowa negotiated with the
university to accommodate diploma students pursuing drama because she believed
drama an important role in society.
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Professor Rose Mbowa was born on Januray 18th,
1943 in Kabale district to Eva Nyinabantu Mbowa and Kasole Lwanda Mbowa, a
Laboratory technician. She attended
Gayaza High School for her high school from where she exceled and was admitted
at Makerere university where she studied English in Literature.
Prof. Mbowa was later admitted at the university
of Leeds were she graduated with a masters of Arts degree in theater arts and
drama. She became a lecturer in the department of music, dance and drama
at Makerere University and took over the department when the previous head was
forced to leave the country.
She published a number of articles on theatre in
Uganda and presented papers on Ugandan theatre at the annual conference on
African literature at the University
1989 and 1994. She also performed with a number of theatre companies in Uganda.
She was named best actress at the National Theatre and received the
Presidential Meritorious Award for Acting in 1973. She died on February 11,