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Justice Ogola writes a verse for Uganda’s first ever handwritten Bible

Uganda’s Hand Written Bible: Justice James Munange Ogola writes from Judges. Courtesy photo.

72-year-old former Principal Judge of the High Court of Uganda, Justice James Munange Ogola has written a verse for Uganda’s very first handwritten edition of the Bible.

This happened February 19, 2018 at Bible House, in the central business district Kampala.

Bible Society of Uganda said Justice Ogola who double as Chairman of the Elders Forum, wrote from the book of Judges.

More than 31,000 Ugandans will have a hand in publishing the highly anticipated handwritten bible edition, “one-verse, one-person” at a time, at a mandatory fee of Ush100,000.

The project initiators (Bible Society of Uganda) believe that a completely handwritten version of the Bible by Christians from all across our country will help many rediscover the Bible in a fresh, new way.

In a similar remarkable development, when one visually impaired lady, Ms Hellen Namuwawu heard about the Handwritten Bible project, she went and saved money so that she can also write a verse.


Visually impaired Hellen Namuwawu goes against the odds to jot down her verse for the Handwritten bible project. Courtecy photo.

“She was born blind but doctors managed to partially restore some of her sight. That however was not enough for her to read and write. She mostly uses Braille. The night before she came to write, she woke up at 3:00 am to practice on how to write on normal paper with her magnifiers. Long story short, Hellen wrote her verse,” the organisation said.

The verses are written by the individuals themselves, save for those who request for help on account of challenges such as disability or inadequate literacy.

“The written verses will then be scanned and laid on PDF, bound to have a complete bible” Joan Logose, the Bible Society of Uganda’s IT Officer recently said.

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