Steven Lyazi


Kampala, Uganda native Steven Lyazi began working as a high school student with the late Cyril Boynes, Jr., director of the Uganda chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), one of the world’s oldest civil and human rights organizations. After Mr. Boynes had a stroke in 2011, Steven became his personal assistant, until Mr. Boynes’ death in 2015. Upon graduating from high school, and with the death of his mentor, Steven began reading books and articles and studying on his own, with help from several Americans who have become his new mentors. He writes occasional articles on issues affecting Uganda and Africa. His goal is to attend university in South Africa and possibly pursue a graduate degree abroad, all with an emphasis on business, energy and the environment.

Most Recent Articles by Steven Lyazi:

​What natural disasters should teach us

Sep 29, 2017 — Steven Lyazi

I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms. Buildings are stronger, people get warned in time to get out, and they have vehicles to get to safer places until the storms pass.

I also send my sincere sympathies to my fellow Ugandans who have been affected by terrible landslides in eastern Uganda, near Kenya. Natural disasters often strike us hard. Sometimes it is long droughts that dry up our crops and kill many cattle. This year it is torrential rains and landslides.


Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

Apr 23, 2017 — Steven Lyazi

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because we don’t have electricity, sanitation or refrigeration. What we do have in abundance is extensive, sustained poverty.

Solar technologies could help Africa, because this multi-purpose energy can cook food, light homes, charge cell phones and even power tiny refrigerators. Even simple solar ovens can help reduce our deadly traditional ways of cooking. Renewable energy from wind turbines can deliver even more electricity to billions around the world who still don’t have this amazing, essential energy.