Ssekidde Julius
UGANDA
I am a self-taught photographer born in 1993 and raised in Kampala. My love for photography started from having picked interest in the art after seeing images from a documentary photographer in my community by the name of Oscar Kibuuka. Since then I have found love in this art using it as a means of expression and telling stores that matter. I’m still on the journey of self-discovery. I live and work in Kampala, Uganda.
A Love Letter from the Pearl to the Game of Baseball
With the distinctly American sport introduced to Uganda in the 1990’s by missionaries, it became popular enough to attract large numbers of youngsters eager to pick up bats and balls, younger players have over the years proved how good they are which has led them to a travel to Poland to compete in a qualifying tournament. Uganda’s success was shown after defeating their most formidable opponent Saudi Arabia which boasted an unbeaten record to qualify for the little league world series emerging Champions in the Middle East and Africa region in 2010. There were no shortage of bureaucratic challenges. Two of the Ugandan players were disqualified for being too young; a key game was lost on a technicality; the following year the team managed to qualify for the little league world series in Pennsylvania breaking the record making Uganda the only African country to have ever qualified for the this competition, only to be denied visas by the US state department because of some players’ age discrepancies. It’s not surprising, considering that many of the boys didn’t even know their own birthdays. Uganda has gone on over the years doing wonders, surprising its opponents like defeating the Dominican Republic, a country that has produced high ranked Major League players like Sammy Sosa, David Ortiz to name a few. The baseball community has grown over the years mainly in young youths and teams from Uganda have made trips all over the world to participate in baseball tournaments. Some of the Boys have gone on to be signed by Japanese League baseball teams which proves how we have excelled and made it. The reason why I chose to tell this story to the world is because I need the world to listen. I was born and raised in one of Kampala’s favelas Nsambya. I’d say I was privileged, in my community we had a chance to choose what we wanted to participate in from a sea of arts and sports variety offered by a church and youths Centre called “Sharing” I was drawn towards the great game of baseball. And this story has its roots in my community Nsambya and it’s where the US Embassy is located that denied Visa’s to the players that I personally know and grew up with. It’s a story of pity and joy but above all greatness because we accomplished the impossible, regardless of what came our way.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.