Dr Benge Okot is currently the Head of the Department of Literature at Makerere University. He is also a Research Associate in the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand and a Fellow of the African Humanities Program (ACLS). He has taught at several universities, including Kyambogo University, the Islamic University in Uganda and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Dr Okot has published several critical essays on cultural communication, gender dynamics in oral literature and East African literary criticism. Furthermore, he is a radio playwright and a published poet. His poems have been published in several poetry anthologies in Africa and the U.S.A.