Associate Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang is the First Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) of Makerere University. In the absence of the Vice Chancellor, he performs the functions of the Vice Chancellor.


Associate Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang is a holder of a Ph.D in Literature-Folklore Major (Indiana University, Bloomington), an MA in Literature (Makerere University) and a BA (Hons.) Makerere University.

Dr. Okello Ogwang is an accomplished publisher with a number of Peer Reviewed Books, Working Papers, Edited Journals and Scholarly articles to his name. His areas of teaching and research specialty include; African Literature, Folklore and Literature, Oral Literature, Folklore (Genres and Artifacts, Methods, Intellectual History, Performance), Ethnographic Field Research and Literary Theory and Criticsim.

He has also taught various courses at Makerere University in the areas of; African Literature, Oral Literature, Literature and Folklore: fieldwork course, Caribbean Literature, Ritual and Literature, Comparative Epic Poetry, Postcolonial Literature and Criticism, Selected Authors (Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Okot p’Bitek, Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, V. S. Naipaul).

Dr Okello Ogwang has participated in various consultancies with the Ministry of Education (1993-94), Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (2005) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He has been appointed to serve on various Makerere University Task Forces, Committees, Visitation Teams, as well as the University Senate and University Council. Dr Okello Ogwang has served and continues to serve on various Academic bodies at both National and International Levels.

He has supervised a number of Masters and Ph.D students to completion and provided Postdoctoral Mentorship to over five Senior Teaching Staff at Makerere University.

The Office

As the DVC for Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof.Ernest Okello Ogwang is responsible for overseeing programmes and policies that promote academic excellence in the University; ensuring quality of academic programmes; overseeing the proper planning and coordination of undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes; coordination of curriculum development; and ensuring optimal utilization of teaching, research and library facilities.

The DVC Academic Affairs monitors the Colleges/Faculties/Institutes/Schools, the School of Graduate Studies, the University Library, and the Department of the Academic Registrar.

Contact Information

Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs: Assoc. Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang
Room 603, Senate Building
Makerere University
P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 532045
Fax: +256 414 533640
Email: dvc[at]

Personal Assistant to the DVC – Academic Affairs: Ms Grace Apili
Room 616, Senate Building
Makerere University
P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda.
Tel: +256 414 532045
Fax: +256 414 533640
Email: gapili[at]