Zaid Sekito was born on February 10, 1981 in Wakiso, Uganda. Zaid Sekito holds a BA in education (history – major, economics – minor) and a Master of Arts in history both from Makerere University in 2006 and 2015, respectively. He served as a teaching assistant in the Department of History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Makerere University from 2010 to 2013. In 2014, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Lecturer in the same department, a position he holds up to today on a part-time basis. From 2015 to 2017, Sekito worked as a research assistant to Professors Justin Willis, Gabrielle Lynch and Nic Cheeseman on a study in sub-Saharan Africa entitled, “The Impact of Elections on Voting, Political Behaviour and Democracy in Uganda, Kenya and Ghana.” In 2017, Sekito won a Gerda – Henkel Stiftung Foundation PhD Grant under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University. In 2020, he was awarded a 2020 Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Dissertation Completion Fellowship. His thesis title is, “A Historical Perspective of the Dynamics of Terrorism in Uganda, 1976 – 2015.”
Sekito’s teaching interests converge around his research in contemporary history, particularly on issues of conflicts, and violence particularly on terrorism. He is also interested in how media is shaping historical discourses on the study of terrorism. The central thesis of his research is that between 1976 and 2015, terrorism in Uganda has been an interface between international actors /forces and domestic forces.