I was born and bred in Bukedea, a small township approximately 250km northeast of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. My life is largely influenced by my mother: Anna Asianut Amuya Akol, a woman whose love, compassion, sobriety, resilience, hard work, honesty and sacrifice is boundless. Against all odds, she nurtured me and imparted life-long lessons that shape my social and professional outlook to this day. Perhaps she is the reason I love human rights law because I grew up in a space where my rights were to a large extent respected, protected and fulfilled by her.
A few years after completing law school, I co-founded Legal Hub Uganda, a non-profit justice start-up that leverages technology to enhance access to justice in addition to Elau & Ochom Advocates, a general practice law firm in Kampala. I have also worked for multiple international and national organisations focusing on human rights, access to justice and land management in Uganda.
In my solo non-legal moments, I devour Ugandan coffee, biographical content, soulful music, thrillers and action movies. Photography warms me. Regularly, I follow national and global politics -- a practice which fortifies my resolve not to join it impetuously. Of course, my story is incomplete without another woman: Desire R. Ochom, a treasured soul that took on one of the world’s unenviable tasks -- being my best half.
Anyway, this is me, in a nutshell!