life rattle show no. 1192
Presented on Sunday, February 19, 2012
Hosted by Laurie Kallis
Donna Kakonge reading her story
Tonight, on Life Rattle No. 1192, we continue our series of programs honouring Black History Month with two new stories by Life Rattle writer Donna Kakonge.
In tonight’s first story, "Matoke," we see a young girl struggle with and then proudly rise above both the ignorance of her classmates, and indeed her own lack of knowledge of her African heritage.
Donna Kakonge was born in 1972 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. Her dad, from Uganda, has a PhD in biology and currently delivers newspapers for the Toronto Star and owns residential properties. Her mom, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, studied psychology and sociology. Kakonge is the first born. Her brother Kevin works as an immigration officer and her sister Lisa works as a speech pathologist.
Kakonge, the aunt of two nieces, grew up and attended university in Toronto. She studied journalism at the undergraduate and graduate level, and currently studies curriculum, teaching and learning development at the doctoral level. She loves reading and writing, loves teaching and loves working in the world of education.
Donna Kakonge is single and, for now, that helps her to focus on her career.