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Future Connector – Jane Bussmann

May 12th, 2011
01:08 PM ET

Jane Bussmann is a comedy writer and performer who has become one of the world’s most unlikely experts on Uganda.

A Londoner who relocated to Los Angeles for work, she embarked on a life changing trip to Africa after meeting human rights activist John Prendergast.

Desperate to impress him she feigned an interest in his line of work and soon found herself investigating the Lord’s Resistance Army and in particular its leader, Joseph Kony.

She chronicled her adventures and converted them into the novel The Worst Date Ever, which she also performs as a stand up comedy routine.

Now based in New York she remains an outspoken voice – shouting loud on behalf of the people of Uganda.

This is your chance to ask Jane YOUR questions. And Don't forget to tell us where you're writing from.

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  1. Martie Wyatt

    Tulsa, OK

    What do you think could be the most effective way to help Uganda and the other areas rid themselves of the evil?

    What aid is needed to help the young people once they are freed from this vile captivity reintegrate into their society? Aren't they viewed with suspicion or hatred?

    Does the lip plumping gloss work, and if it does, what brand and where can get it?

    May 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  2. Richard B

    being a comedian, how did that merge into your role on Uganda?

    May 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  3. Manny from Miami

    Why do you think the problems on the African continent has largely been ignored by the west?
    What are the best solution to poverty in your opinion?

    May 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  4. Nolan from Beirut

    I read your book. Loved it. Of course I'm impressed with all that you have done and continue to do in regards to Uganda, but the lesson I truly appreciated from your story was your aptness for radical change. I mean, who really can go from being a comedy writer to a pseudo-investigative journalist in Uganda just like that? I'm incredibly impressed. Any advice for those who might want to make a similar jump in their own life, but can't seem to find the courage?

    May 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  5. Danie

    You went through a lot of trouble to impress John Prendergast. Did it work? Did you ever date him? Also, do you know if he is even single? 🙂

    May 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  6. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jane Bussmann and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Jane Bussmann on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve our Africa(Libya) and its Allies?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting Jane Bussmann’s replies.
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    May 14, 2011 at 1:33 am | Reply
  7. Drew from Uganda

    Thank you Jane Bussmann

    May 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply

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