Our Project

The context

In 1969, Uganda was declared a 'literary desert' by author Taban Lo Liyong (1)

Statements like Liyong's have led to the belief that most Ugandans lack an interest in literature. We've seen local publishers dissuaded from publishing local fiction and a decreasing interest in writing by local authors.  

To-date, Uganda has contributed little to the literary world, particularly for children. Most of what the few Ugandan book lovers read is from abroad.  

At The Oasis Book Project, we believe that the love for stories by children - and adults - has always existed but has been stunted by the scarcity of quality books by indigenous writers in print.  

In Uganda, it seems as if the development of the reading culture has been ignored in schools and homes. In turn, a literary desert has grown.

The Oasis Book Project aims to create an Oasis in this literary desert.  

Our vision 

A Uganda in which great stories, written by Ugandan writers, are available, affordable and widely read in the country and beyond. 

Our history

The Oasis Book Project was conceived by author Oscar Ranzo in 2009. In 2011, Oscar's  first children's book, Saving Little Viola, was published by Lively Minds, and its distribution funded by UNICEF. The Oasis Book Project then published two more books in 2012 and has lined up three more to be published in 2013. We created our website and blog in 2013 and we look forward to the exciting times to come!

After the success of Saving Little Viola , The Oasis Book Project published  (The Little Maid, The Wise Milkboy and The Jewels of Amuria) all of which have been well received by Ugandan children, parents and teachers.

Our strategy

The Oasis Book Project seeks to 1) assist in building literacy levels in Ugandan children, and 2) develop the reading and writing cultures in Uganda using quality books that are the first of their kind in Uganda.


Written in English, the books feature powerful characters in African-specific scenarios, are designed to boost critical thinking abilities, and use relevant themes to teach children moral lessons which their parents might never get the chance to teach them.


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