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The Exam, by Doreen Baingana

Episode 5 of 5

20 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 14 March 2014

The final story in a series by leading authors writing in English from around the Commonwealth; being broadcast across this week, the series features work from Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia, Jamaica and Uganda.

In "The Exam", a young girl living with her extended family in a slum in Uganda dreams of escape through academic achievement. The story was originally commissioned as part of Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education. Their slogan is: One Girl with Courage is a Revolution. (www.girlrising.com)

Doreen Baingana won the Commonwealth Prize First Book Award in 2006 for her collection of stories "Tropical Fish" and has twice been nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing. She was recently Chairperson of FEMRITE: the Uganda Women Writers Association and is one of the judges of this year's Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Reader ..... Amaka Okafor
Writer ..... Doreen Baingana
Producer ..... Kirsteen Cameron.


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