What you need to know about HIV/AIDs today! #WorldAIDSDAY

Recognizing World AID’s Day to me is a refreshment of a day-to-day struggle against HIV/AIDS’s as we mitigate it’s prevalence and effects. We, ‘if not all,’ are affected by this challenge not forgetting those who are actually living with the problem it’s self. Uganda has once been a model country in fighting HIV/AIDs in Africa, however we can not fail to recognize the falling down of this record. As we speak now, about 76 people die of HIV/AIDS per day, 227 people get infected per day of which 570 weekly infection are young women. Currently, the HIV/prevalence-rate stands at 7.3%.  Looking out of Uganda, its important to also note that HIV/AIDS is a global problem not just in Uganda. In the UK there are 104,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and 6000 diagnosed each year. Majority of the affected however are men, who contracted the disease in the following percentages; 60% from having sex Men to Men (Homosexuality) 40%  from having sex Men to Women, 1% from sharing sharp instruments such as Needles and 2% get infected at birth. On a personal level, I have lost loved ones to HIV/AIDS due to some of the problems probably shared above and others due to ignorance of what HIV/AIDs actually is… Hence on this day, I choose to shade more light on facts About HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is full is know as the Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Following initial infection, a person may not notice any symptoms or may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. Typically, this is followed by a prolonged period with no symptoms. As the infection progresses, it interferes more with the immune system, increasing the risk of common infections…

Open Letter To Mobile Money Service Providers, Stake Holders & Users

By this time round, 10 years and more ago, we would all be at either the post office or the taxi park trying to send money to our loved ones in the village. If I remember correctly, it cost my Father 500ugx shillings for a Post office Stamp to send money from Kampala to Mbale in an envelop which took a week to reach and even sometimes lost along the way. During emergencies and urgent times, he always sent money through a Taxi at the cost of 5000ugx shillings with assurance of her getting the money only if she is at the Mbale taxi part or slated stage at the time. Note, at this time around phones where scarce. To pass a message to the village, one either had to travel or visit. At this point, we also had banks, but people did not really feel comfortable using them for many reasons which at a time required one to know how to write, have identification and so on, which wasn’t a strong pursuit for many. Farther more, it was expensive and intimidating for the local community to use. (Still is today for some people) Hence people resorted to the alternatives at the time. The introduction of MOBILE BANKING however, it has greatly improved the exchange and transfer of money from one place to another. Dropping costs on communication and accessories such as phones, airtime and much more encouraged many to buy phones. Two years ago alone, over 18 million sim cards were registered to Ugandans cutting across all networks. This is mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region with the most Mobile Banking users in the entire Africa. Sending money to the village unlike before is at the comfort of the sender especially with wide spread Mobile Banking agents of the…

“Learning Is An Endless Process That Can Never Be Institutionalized”

“I No Longer Dispute The Fact that says, “Experience Is The Best Teacher.” it feels so great actually sharing with you! For the past three years right after my undergrad, I could not help my self but think of how I actually needed to do a Postgraduate Masters. In fact, I enrolled for one at my very undergrad university. But, I did not find what I wanted so I quit. All I wanted is skills that will guide my career path and purpose in life and school surely could not offer me that! I never believed in the common saying, “Experience is the best teacher…” until I painfully experienced it. I like terming it as a Life class. “Every single minute that passes has taught me that learning is an endless process that can never be institutionalized or paid for by cash alone but through many other ways.”  Here are some of the processes I went through in my bid to learn. Observation: Every thing you see has a meaning. There is that confusing theory I over heard one of my friends talk about, the abstract reality.” According to this theory, they question everything you see. What if what is see is not really what is present? What if what you do not see is actually there? Well, as insignificant as it sounds, this theory has taught me how to critically observe and try to explain, read or study what I see. In tern, I have come to learn a lot without even touching a thing. Through observation alone, I have learnt to cook really great food. Not to brag, but my food is really awesome.  Self Study-Reading And Tutorials: So after quitting my studies, i could not afford to pay for tuition for any short courses simply. As a result,…

Apply for Scholarships for Master’s and PhD (Fully Funded). Deadline: 19/11/16

Please apply… & don’t forget to share the opportunity 1. Australia Award Scholarship (http://australiaawardsindo.or.id) 2. LPDP Scholarsh hip (http://www.beasiswalpdp.org/index.html) 3. DIKTI Scholarship a. Dalam Negeri (http://www.beasiswa.dikti.go.id/dn/)b. Luar Negeri (http://beasiswa.dikti.go.id/ln/) 4. Turkey Government Scholarship (http://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/index.php/en) 5. General Cultural Scholarship India (http://www.iccrindia.net/gereralscheme.html) 6. USA Government Scholarship a. (http://www.aminef.or.id/index.php)b. (http://www.iief.or.id) 7. Netherland Government Scholarship (http://www.nesoindonesia.or.id/beasiswa) 8. Korean Government Scholarship (http://www.niied.go.kr/eng/contents.do…) 9. Belgium Government Scholarship (http://www.vliruos.be/4273.aspx) 10. Israel … … xxx 11. Sciences Po France (http://formation.sciences-po.fr/…/the-emile-boutmy-scholars…) 12. Utrecht University Netherland (http://www.uu.nl/…/grantsandscholarships/Pages/utrechtexcel…) 13. Prasetya Mulya Business School Indonesia (http://www.pmbs.ac.id/s2/scholarship.php?lang=ENG) 14. Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarship (http://www.mofat.gov.bn/index.php/announcement) 15. Monbugakusho Scholarship Japan (http://www.id.emb-japan.go.jp/sch.html) 16. Paramadina University Master Fellowship Indonesia (https://gradschool.paramadina.ac.id/…/paramadina-medco-fell…) 17. PPM School of Management Indonesia (http://ppm-manajemen.ac.id/beasiswa-penuh-s2-mm-reguler/) 18. University of Twente Netherland (http://www.utwente.nl/internationa…/scholarshipsandgrants/…/) 19. Sweden Government Scholarship (http://www.studyinsweden.se/Scholarships/) 20. Chinese Government Scholarship (http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/scholarshipdetailen.aspx…) 21. Taiwan Government Scholarship (http://www.studyintaiwan.org/taiwan_scholarships.html) 22. United Kingdom Government SCholarship (http://www.chevening.org/indonesia/) 23. Panasonic Scholarship Japan (http://panasonic.net/citizensh…/scholarships/…/requirements/) 24. Ancora Foundation Scholarship (http://ancorafoundation.com) 25. Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship Japan (http://www.api-fellowships.org/body/) 26. AUN/SEED-Net Scholarship (http://www.seed-net.org/index.php) 27. Art Asia Major Scholarship Korea National University of Arts (http://eng.karts.ac.kr:81/karts/board/list.jsp…) 28. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Japan (http://www.apu.ac.jp/home/life/index.php?content_id=30) 29. Seoul National University Korea (http://en.snu.ac.kr/…/gradu…/scholarships/before-application) 30. DIKTIS Overseas Scholarship (http://www.pendis.kemenag.go.id/beasiswaln/) 31. Honjo International Scholarship Foundation Japan (http://hisf.or.jp/english/sch-f/) 32. IDB Merit Scholarship Programme for High Technology (http://www.isdb.org/irj/portal/anonymous…) 33. International HIV & Drug Use Fellowship USA (http://www.iasociety.org/fellowship.aspx) 34. Nitori International Scholarship Foundation Japan (http://www.nitori-shougakuzaidan.com/en/) 35. School of Government and Public Policy Indonesia (http://sgpp.ac.id/pages/financial-conditions) 36. Inpex Scholarship Foundation Japan 37. Asia University Taiwan (http://ciae.asia.edu.tw/AdmissionsScholarship.html) 38. Macquaire University Australia (http://www.mq.edu.au/…/macquarie_university_international_…/ . Please apply… & don’t forget to share the opportunity

Are You With The Right Partner?

During a seminar,… During a seminar, a woman asked,” How do I know if I am with the right person?” The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, “It depends. Is that your partner?” In all seriousness, she answered “How do you know?” Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s weighing on your mind replied the author. Here’s the answer. Every relationship has a cycle… In the beginning; you fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls, want their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to DO anything. That’s why it’s called “falling” in love. People in love sometimes say, “I was swept of my feet.”Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something happened TO YOU. Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few months or years of being together, the euphoria of love fades. It’s a natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage. At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, “Am I with the right person?” And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when relationships breakdown. The key to succeeding…

Apply Now! 10 Tips to Get to the Interview! Mandela Washington

10 Tips to Get to the Interview! Mandela Washington Fellowship!! Ideas from an alumnus who got there 3 times. In truth, it’s pretty competitive. The interest in the program as you are aware is huge. There are many young Africans with highly impressive resume (just like you) that are putting in applications. Last year alone, nearly 50,000 applied for the 1,000 slots. I got to the interview (semifinal) stage three consecutive times but it was only at the third attempt that I was considered. But all that shouldn’t unnerve you, at all. I am here to help you get selected. Haven both failed and succeeded in the applications process, I guess I now have a pretty good idea on what it takes to get in. First, let’s focus on getting that heartwarming email inviting you for the interview. To that end, the following ideas worked for me and I trust they will help you too. 1. Start the application on time. There are many questions to be answered and from my experience, especially on the essay sessions, your first answer may not be your last. So, it’s important to start writing early enough so that you will have ample time to review or revise as the need arises. 2. Be mindful of your writing. While you don’t need to be an English major to do well in the application, it’s important to make sure that you avoid silly spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. Those will quickly turn off your assessors and hurt your chances of advancing to the next stage. To overcome this, get someone (obviously someone that is good in English) to read your write ups before final submission. 3. Choose your words carefully. I think that one of the skills tested in the application process is your ability to tell…

An Open Letter To The Friends I Lost Along The Way

To all my old friends, There are days it strikes me as so strange that I don’t talk to you anymore. There are moments when something reminds me of you and I want to let you know, but so much time has passed that contacting you would be weird. Look at how far we’ve come since those younger carefree days. The real question is, how did we end up here? How did we go from being best friends to practically strangers? Back when we were friends, I never dreamed there would come a time you would not be in my life. I never meant to lose you, but it just kind of happened. Choices were made that led us both in different directions and now you’re gone. Some of these choices may have been conscious decisions to let go of our friendship and others may have led to our unintentional drifting apart. Some already had all the signs of separation showing before high school ended and some occurred unexpectedly as we progressed through college. Now your life is foreign to me. I no longer know what’s going on in it, and I wish things were different. But life happened. We drifted apart without really realizing, and now the gap may be just too big to bridge. Given the chance, I’d love to have you back in my life; I miss being around you. Unfortunately, we’re both so busy and living such different lives, that I don’t know if this is a reality anymore. I want you to know that I am still here for you. It does not matter how much time and distance is between us or how much further apart we may drift, I will always be here for you. If you need me, I’m never more than…

Five types of people to avoid in life

In life, we need the right people around us; regardless of the circumstances to enable us achieve our goals. It is said nature and nurture make a person. Chances are that we will meet a great deal of people along the way. These are individuals who will shape our tastes, perceptions and even beliefs. Here are the five groups of people you need to limit or avoid at all expense if you are to succeed. The complainer These are individuals whose primary focus is to complain in virtually all circumstances. There are no jobs; even the few which are available are already taken. They will take every opportunity to blame someone else and never appreciate anything that is good. You will always see the silver lining in everything and become settled in your comfort zone if you stay long enough around these people. You will wallow in self-pity, justified that there is nothing you can do about your situation. 2. The negative criticizers The sole aim of this clique of people is to ware down anything they perceive as not being good. They will brag on how so and so can do it better- never mind that they themselves are non-starters. Their criticism is usually some kind of sabotage. They will encourage you to just quit what you are doing and never suggest any alternatives. They enjoy the status quo as long as everyone else remains in their level or lower. Around them, you will enjoy their company just as long as you do not change. 3. Dream killers When you think that sky is the limit, they will convince you that you are fantasizing over impossibilities. They usually have their own lists of case studies of people who have tried what you are confident you will succeed in and failed.…

34 Godly Principles of Starting Your Journey to a Successful Wealth Responsible Wellbeing #Business

If not every, then it’s most young people’s dream to become rich! “there, I said it… people fear doing that today.” We have created all sorts of moral citations especially as God fearing people, of how we need to suffer, how being wealthy is some sort of sin in away and where we cant explain it we say it’s blessing. “Hahaha…oh how we suffer in ignorance.” Not just you but me too here, I once lived in that kind of confusion. Well, since Christ came to Give us life, so we may live in abundance, I took it upon my self to Ask for guidance, seek wisdom and understand what principles can get me started. Now there are other things you have to consider, but for now I came across these principles and they have jump-started me off to my journey and I think it’s only wise for me to share them with you as well. 1) Do you know the first thing about the sky’s constellations & how they affect things on earth? ~Job 38:33 2) There is no new knowledge on Earth. Everything comes from the Bible. 3) If a murderer applies the law of sowing and reaping, it will work for him/her. 4) In terms of natural laws, the principal law is the law of gravity. 5) To overcome the law of gravity, the law of aerodynamics is put in motion. 6) You need money to advance the gospel. Our major business is the great commission. 7) Ephesians 4: 28. The purpose of work isn’t to make you rich 8) A worker gives. A business owner sows. There is a very big difference. 9) Man’s original habitat is Paradise. Poverty is a disease that can’t be cured by work. 10) Many in the body of Christ are…

Five Actual Practical Principles to Getting Your Life Promotion with God’s Full Support!

A wise man once said, “Men choose their habits, and their habits decide their future.” As simple as this statement sounds, well I guarantee you it contains the truth just as the one does; “Humble your self and you will be lifted.” Now this is a power principle that anyone to wants responsible success has to engrave on his or her hearts. Am sure by now you must know victories don’t come by chance… it takes a lot of had work and attention to details most ignored. My dream has always been aligned to leadership of the highest level and I can say boldly that I am making progress. From when I was a child, I was leader from all levels to where I am now at age of 25yrs; I can now stand and say, “I have made it.” But I still got more to add on as years pass by, pushing limits every-time at all costs… this is because; I keep down to earth. I know my mission, ‘I attain more power to do more good to people and work towards my goals.” However, it hasn’t been all a clean and straight road, I have made major mistakes in my life, which I like calling landmines. Hence, the purpose of this blog is to share with you 5 principles that will help you or guide you towards achieving true success and possibly avoid stepping in the same landmines I did:   1-Understand Your Mission, Not Position. Let your focus not be on loose site of the mission but rather discovering it. Position means nothing if you don’t understand your mission, but if you understand your mission; your position will not be changed to success. The first time I failed an election was when I planed to win the…

When we fall Short, We bury what we can’t fix.

All of you on Instagram know those Before & after pictures, for the ladies one picture before a beauty make over and another after… they really show a huge distinction. Well life is a little similar to that, today I want to talk about our to sides and versions of persons living within us, the weak and the strong but still in the same body.   I keep telling my self, “We are here, the strong & the weak (ME) living in the same body!” Am not an upright man pay say that is living up to society fittings. I am living in the twilight zone between two names, Emmanuel, which means, “God with us.” and Wabwire, which means, “Born at night.” Religion will tell you, if you fast enough, you kill the other side, but I keep telling my self, “We are still here! Emmanuel and Wabwire” And some times we get into a fight living in the same body, Sometimes Wabwire wants to quit and Emmanuel wants to stay. Sometimes Emmanuel wants to live holy and Wabwire wants to go to a strip-club. Emmanuel wants to read the bible, and Wabwire wants to watch porn and we are both living in the same body. Your are supposed to be a Christian, Emmanuel is but I still have to live with Wabwire. Sometimes I even wonder why God still reaches out and calls me, but all I know is, that’s his nature! He wants to use the weak, make them strong and pride in them.   Growing up was amazing especially when it meant living with a great Dad as mine even when I had never known my biological mom. In my late teens he was there to take me through the hard parts of life and my God…

22 Questions To Ask Before Saying “I Do”

The Bible says that, “a man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22. But we must understand that the finding is a process and it is a serious task. This process involves seeking and elimination. It takes time and energy. Ignorance of what this process involves is what makes many singles sad and discouraged or rush into mis-matched marriages. The truth is, finding just any type of life partner is easy; you can pick anyone off the street and go to the altar with her/him. But the heart-breaks and rejections from failed relationships are not easy at all. If you must find that one who would do you good, that one who is tailor-made by God to fit you, then you must invest time, even if it means waiting for some time. After all, the Bible says, “a virtuous woman, who can find?” Proverbs 31:10. This indicates that finding a good person, whether a man or woman does not come easy – you have to search diligently for them. Experiencing a long delay before marriage is not a bed of roses, neither is it easy to keep waiting when all your peers, friends and younger siblings are all getting married. I sincerely do sympathize with my fellow peers going through all of this, but it is better to suffer some pains now than be sorry in marriage. You need to be patient and never hurry. Based on my observations and experience in my parents’ marriage alongside others, I can safely say that ten broken relationships are far better than one divorce. You’ve got to take time and get it right so that you will not suffer later. There are only two kinds of pain: the pain of regret and the pain…

Are you married or preparing to get married? Pls read this…. WHAT A MOTHER TOLD HER SON A DAY BEFORE HIS WEDDING!

Mummy’s boy, you are now a man. Tomorrow you will have a new mother, a new cook and a new person to share all your secrets with. It will no longer be me but her. Love your new mum even more than you love me. Before you walk into her arms forever, let me give you some words to guide you. There was a day I was arguing with your father. We were screaming, tempers were high. I was angry and he was angry. Then I called him an idiot! He was shocked. He looked at me asking how dare I call him that? Immediately,I started calling him idiot, fool, stupid, crazy, I called him all sorts of names. Guess what he did? He didn’t raise his hands to hit me. He just walked away, banging the door as he went out. My Son, if your father had hit me and damaged my face, how would you feel sitting here with me today? How would you regard him as your father? Would you have been proud of him or would you be blaming me for calling him names? Never hit your wife! No matter the provocation; just walk away and things will be normal. Whenever she offends you, think of this story I just told you, it could have been your mum! Before I forget, after he left, I was filled with guilt. We slept on same bed that night and I went to him the next day. I pleaded with him, I did all I could to show am sorry and he forgave me. That day I cooked his favourite food, yes you know he loves pounded yam and Vegetable soup right? After that day, I never called him names, my respect for him was ten times stronger. There…

How To Empower Women… Will It Be Politically Or Economically?

It’s not a question of either economic empowerment for women or political empowerment for women, but rather it is both! An empowered woman is a woman that is economically independent and politically active. Women must not only take leadership but must also be interested in the leadership of their countries and therefore they need political empowerment. But you cannot participate actively in politics unless you are economically independent. Otherwise that’s why we see issues of patronage, we see disfranchisement of women because they are economically dependent on this patronage system. So we think the encouragement is to empower women both economically and politically if you want to achieve sustainable development and growth. Sustainable development is inclusive development but also development that is self-independent where women for example in this case are able to sponsor their opinions and to take leadership without necessarily depending on the patronage system on the case of Uganda. Hence the push is for economic empowerment for women together with political empowerment and not one or the other. Empower a woman, you have a powerful empowered nation, you can not have a sustainable independent powerful country without empowering it’s women. They are the engine of development, vanguard of democracy, so without women participation you cannot even have a sustainable democracy. Give the women space to participate, allow them, don’t give them favors! Give them space to equally participate in the governance processes equally as men. But also de-commercialize politics so that it is the championing of ideas, not the purchase of votes, so that the women have an equal opportunity as men for example seek to take leadership positions in various areas. Therefore its about leveling the ground for women and men regardless of their age and to do that you need to empower the women to…

Museveni Names his 2016-2021 Cabinet

In Exercise of Powers conferred on the President of Uganda by Articles 108(1), 108 (2), 113(1), 114(1) and Article 99(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I have appointed the Vice President, the Prime Minister, created new Departments of Government (Ministries); and appointed Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State as indicated below: H.E. the Vice President ─ HON. KIWANUKA  EDWARD SSEKANDI 1. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister ─ DR. RUHAKANA  RUGUNDA 2. 1st Deputy Prime Minister& Deputy Leader of Gov’t  Business in Parliament─ GEN. MOSES ALI 3. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister andMinister of East African Affairs─ HON. KIRUNDAKIVEJINJA 4. Minister of Education and Sports ─ HON. MUSEVENI  JANET KATAAHA 5. Minister of Public Service ─ HON. MURULI MUKASA 6. Minister of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives ─ HON. KYAMBADDE AMELIA ANNE 7. Minister of Internal Affairs ─ GEN. JEJE ODONGO 8. Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry & Fisheries, ─ HON. SSEMPIJJA  VINCENT BAMULANGAKI 9. Minister of Finance and Economic Planning ─ HON. KASAIJA MATIA 10. Minister of Foreign ─ HON. KUTESSA Affairs KAHAMBA SAM 11. Minister of Health ─ DR. ACENG JANE 12. Minister of Works andTransport  ─ ENGINEER NTEGE AZUBA 13. Minister of Lands,Housing & Urban Development  ─ HON. AMONGI BETTY 14. Minister of Water & Environment ─ HON. CHEPTORIS SAM 15. Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs ─ MAJ. GEN.KAHINDA OTAFIIRE 16. Attorney General ─ MR. BYARUHANGA WILLIAM (ADVOCATE) 17. Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs─ HON. MWESIGE ADOLF 18. Minister of Local Government─ HON. BUTIME TOM 19. Minister for Karamoja Affairs ─ HON. BYABAGAMBI JOHN 20. Minister of Energy and Minerals ─ HON. MULONI IRENE 21. Minister of Information, ICT& Communications ─ HON. TUMWEBAZE FRANK 22. Minister for Science,Technology and Innovation ─ DR. TUMWESIGYE ELIODA 23. Minister in Charge of General Duties/Office ofthe Prime Minister─ HON. BUSINGYE MARY KAROORO OKURUT 24. Minister of Disaster Preparedness &  Refugees ─ HON. ONEK HILARY…

Youth Declaration on the African World Heritage Regional Youth Forum

AFRICAN YOUTH DECLARATION ON WORLD HERITAGE We, the participants of the 1st Anglophone African World Heritage Regional Youth Forum (Robben Island World Heritage site, 4 May 2016), express our sincere gratitude to the African World Heritage Fund, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Robben Island Museum, for giving us the opportunity to be part of an amazing experience. This will enable us to share our knowledge and skills of World Heritage with the wider community. The experience was engaging and opened our minds to procedures and discussions related to the significance of heritage conservation for sustainable development in implementing the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The iconic Robben Island World Heritage site deepened our understanding and passion for conserving the priceless legacies that encompass ancestral values of cultural and natural heritage throughout the African continent. Moreover, we learned the importance of perseverance in addressing the many challenges facing Africa. This we hold dear to our hearts, and we will never forget. Africa faces many challenges that affect her heritage: rapid infrastructure development, illicit trafficking, climate change, conflict situations, lack of investment in heritage and many others. We consider that the lack of investment in African youth is one of the biggest constraints limiting our participation in the efforts to balance development and conservation. We shall take it upon ourselves to engage other youths, heritage experts and national and local governments in our respective 23 countries to pursue conversations around heritage conservation. In this respect, the “each one teach one” practice used by ex-political prisoners who were confined on Robben Island should be widely promoted. Even though local communities living around heritage sites are essential stakeholders in the conservation of their heritage, they are usually excluded in decision-making processes. We propose that…

About to Wed, Why all these distractions?

Ever since she discovered that David had lied to her, all she had done was cry. Empty of everything but rage, there was only one thing on her mind. “Let’s call it quits.”   Daniela, I’m glad you asked for my advice, but as I told you before: “I don’t do advice, I do opinions” And my opinion is this.   Men are dumb. Sometimes you have to accept us and take us at face value. It is our human imperfections that cloud love. You have a choice to make: Either you lose him and regret it later or you could be patient. Who knows? You may be ready for one another.   Love is like fine wine. It only gets better with time. Like life, it is like tortoise. Not exactly smooth, but can only make progress when it sticks its head out. Like others friends that come and go, but there is always a core group of regulars who will always be with you. These are the people you can depend on.   Sometimes men lie about whom they are committed to thinking that with time they will know who they prefer. But it doesn’t always work out that way. The mistakes that David made are in the past. He has repented and asked for forgiveness.   You said: “I don’t know if I’m excited or terrified.” I want to tell you Daniela that sometimes it seems that the difference between what we want and what we fear is a feathers eyelash. I know all this because I’m older and wiser even though I’m only 19 days older. That’s a lot by the way. It’s particularly the lifespan of a wasp.   Have sooner with him sometime or dinner. It doesn’t have to be right now. It can…

Dear Crush, I know we are friends but…

Be mine so that I can post your selfies for everyone to see. I want to put a smile on your face and make you the happiest woman in the world because of everything you mean to me. I want you to know that you are not a girl people fight for; you are a girl people go to war for. In a cloud of your silence; you communicate so much. You know how I feel about you even though you think it’s a huge risk to our friendship, even though you’re worried about your parents finding out or the travel costs involved. You discard all the possibilities of joy and happiness just so you can entertain a single ‘What If’ in your thoughts. You say: “What if I give it a try and we date? How much fun am I going to have? I don’t want to have weekends where I have to miss you…what will it require for me to learn how to love you? Does it require you or me to travel regularly for this to work? If I am to do this, I need to be there with you and see you whenever I want to see you! I don’t know if this will have a good ending for us?” If there is one thing I have learnt is that you should never discard a possibility without giving a single step in its direction. We have to give it a try. True love is not a single emotion. It is simply the result of a series of actions and emotions. Love is an adventure, its all about giving unconditionally. Love is built purposefully. It’s not just a chance. You have to choose to care, to open your heart to someone, to have trust and faith in…

We are Just Close Friends

Wande is a young man in his mid-thirties. About eight months ago, he moved into a two bedroom apartment and as he got to know his neighbours better, he discovered that one of them, Mariam, was a widow. Mariam, in her early thirties, had been married just four years when her husband died in a motor accident; they had a son. Wande was moved by her plight and decided to help her whenever he could. He began by helping her put on the generator whenever there was power outage, then he helped to arrange for an electrician to help fix some faults in her apartment and even helped her once or twice to get fuel during the shortage crisis; as gratitude for his thoughtfulness, Mariam often cooked for him. Wande also grew close to Mariam’s son, Richard; he took him out a lot, spent hours playing with him and Richard often spent the better part of the weekends in Wande’s apartment. Though he had no ulterior motives for his actions, it became clear to Wande one evening that he had to put a stop to his actions when one of his other neighbours referred to Mariam as his wife; he soon learnt that people thought he was having an affair with Mariam and he decided to pull back from her but it was easier said than done. After two days of not seeing Mariam or picking her calls, Wande realised that he missed her a lot and soon reverted to spending time with her and Richard. In all this, he never really ~ thought of the fact that they were getting attached to each other. Whilst all this was still going on, Wande met and began dating Kike. He had told Kike about Mariam earlier in their relationship but somehow…

The Divisions Amongst Ugandans in the Post-Election Era. #YouthVoice

It is a very unlike-African behaviour, particularly for Ugandans, not to celebrate after the conclusion of something as encompassing and as important as a presidential election. It was almost eerie the way the whole nation went into a fog of silence after the elections, which led me to think that even though people voted, they were not happy.   According to the EC Statistics, 280 MPs who belong to NRM will be sworn in together with 83 MPs belonging to FDC to occupying seats in Parliament. 70% LC5 Chairpersons – NRM and 20% FDC taking office this year too will also hold various party cards respectively. The election this year alienated representation of the poor and above all muted their voices. Considering the allegations of stolen votes and rigging, the source of people’s unhappiness isn’t hard to determine.   It is also important to note that many who voted for President Museveni are slowly distancing themselves from his government due to the brutal treatment of opposition leaders. For many, this is a betrayal of the freedoms that The President is so proud to have given the citizens of Uganda all in the name of peace.   However most Ugandans are not shifting to the opposition, but rather occupy the area known as ‘Independent’. Even though they admit the inconsistencies in the NRM government, many do not see the value in the opposition either. This is evidenced from the fact that Dr Kizza Besigye’s call for a sit-down strike fell on deaf ears and as for NRM the silence says it all.   I speak for many Ugandans especially youth when I say that the lines that separate President Museveni and Dr. Kizza Besigye are non-existent. The political system in Uganda does not encourage debate and differences of opinion, but is suited…

An Open Letter To The Person Whose Message I Didn’t Reply To

Dear person whose text I didn’t reply to,You are important to me and I’m grateful that you want to chat. If you’re my friend or family — I love you and I’m stoked I have people in my life that want to chat with me or hang out or ask advice or give advice. If you’re a phone company or lawnmower man chasing a payment — hell, I’m even grateful for you. It means I have phones and lawns.   But I am not contactable right now and that is okay. Because I am human. I’m off doing “life things” like maybe lying under a tree with my daughter, writing a book, driving somewhere or cooking dinner. Maybe I just want to poo in peace without having to type out a text message or try to conceal the sound of a flushing toilet as we chat. Unfortunately — as a human — my energy, capacity and attention is not endless. Please don’t try any other forms of communication to get to me. I saw you — I just don’t want to answer you right now. I’m not sorry about it and that is okay. While waiting, you could go do other things too. Beaches are great. Coffee is too. Doing something with your awesome talents. Maybe you could contact the person that is waiting for you to get back to them (I bet there’s at least one). If not, call someone you love and tell them, just because. One thing you shouldn’t do is worry that I don’t like you, love you, appreciate you or that I am ignoring you. I’m not. I’m just human. You might not be the only person trying to contact me. Therefore it may take a few hours, maybe a few days or even a…

Conqueror of the British Empire General Idi Amin Dada Diplomatic Communications

Speech to the Queen and House of Lords in Britain (United Kingdom) “My majesty Mr. Queen Sir, horrible ministers and members of parliament, invented Guests, ladies under gentlemen. I hereby thank you completely…..Mr. Queen, sir; and also what he has done for me and my fellow Uganda who come with me. We have really eaten very much. And we are fed up completely:And also very thanks to you keenly open up from all windows: so that those plenty climates can come into lunch. But before I go back to my country with a plane from the Entebbe airport of London I wish to invitation you Mr. Queen, to become home to Uganda so that we can also revenge on you . You will eat a full cow:and also feel up your stomach and walk with difficult because of full stomach completely. Even when you want to rest at night; I will make sure that you sleep on top of me in the top up stairs of my mansion completely so that you can enjoy all the gravity of fresh air. “But now am sorry because I have to tell you that I have made a shortcall on you only. But next time I shall make a long call on you to last the whole moon completely. Thank you very much to allow me to undress you completely before these extinguished ladies undergentlemen sir. Lastly but not list, I ask the band to play our international anthem of the republic of Uganda and also the British international anthem..Your majesty sir, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and from the bottoms of all the people of Uganda . When the Queen later asked the journalists present what on earth Amin had said, they replied that it was in a…

28 mind-blowing facts about Uganda!

Uganda is commonly referred to as the Pearl of Africa which is not far from the truth considering her natural resources combined with a very hospitable population. Here are some crazy facts about her; Caesarian sections were being performed in Uganda way before 1879 when R.W. Felkin observed his first successful operation by indigenous healers in Kahura. (reference: Notes on Labour in Central Africa” published in the Edinburgh Medical Journal, volume 20, April 1884, pages 922-930.) There are about 880 mountain gorrillas in the whole world and half of them are found in Uganda. Ranked as the world’s most entrepreneurial country with a rate of 28.1%. This means that 28.1% of Uganda’s population own or co-own a business that has paid salaries for more than 3 months but less than 42. Lakes and rivers cover 26% of Uganda which is 91,136 mi² (241,038 km²) making her the 81st largest country in the world by area. You could say Uganda and Oregon are roughly the same size. The preservation of the umbilical chord and the jawbone among the Ganda and Nyoro ethnicities is similar to the customs of the ancient Egyptian kings. Mountain Rwenzori (Margherita peak) is the 4th highest in Africa and reaches 5109m (16, 761ft). Interesting to note is it’s covered by snow throughout the year! Uganda is among the top ten coffee growers/ producers in the world as well as world’s 4th largest exporter of Robusta coffee (2015). Grasshoppers are an important and popular seasonal delicacy! Ranked as the world’s most ethnically diverse country (2013), in other words if you randomly picked any two people from any part of Uganda, they would be of different ethnicities. Uganda is among the top 16 holiday destinations for 2016 by CNN. Also ranked as top tourist destination for 2012 by lonely planet. Unbelievably…

Stop Excuses, Start Your Business Young Africans, Create Capital!

We just concluded our Political electoral season as Youth! Yes it wasn’t perfect especially with us being part of the mistakes in regards to vote selling & worse, lack of interest in the whole process; you both had your reasons. Those are bygones now; food won’t jump into your table or your day today to day needful expenditures cater for them selves. Those leaders you sold your vote too have to return the money they once gave you, which won’t happen by midnight. Therefore what will you do in the meantime (hoping they change) without any service delivery or Gov’t opportunities? Seat and wait in hunger? I know we today have perfect excuses as young people! “We don’t have Capital” or as Women, “Gender equality for all!” Seat back & expect everything to be done for us! Well let me break it down to you sweet heart! 1st; not to be against gender equality or empowerment, but in our state Uganda, it’s still your individual responsibility & “IF”you are lucky, the society will step in to help… but you have got to start somewhere. It’s worse with guys, you are already mistakenly thought to be advantaged (which is wrong!) but what else to do!? Here are some proposals: Find out what your community need is? With respect to laws of demand and supply, evaluate and see its viability before you start implementing! Seek out your opportunities! Most community needs are self-financing business ideas! That means customers in your society can pay an initial deposit for your product or service hence capital! Ensure you have knowledge and understanding in regards to the field (business) you are stepping in! Google or the Internet at large is your good friend! Practicing business people won’t have time to mentor you hence self-study is your…

Have You Tested Her Cooking? Business

Eating is a risky adventure I don’t seem to get over! Day by day I find my self victim or victor depending on how delicious or terrible the food is. Now I know many of us including you, **Yes You!** think that delicious food is mostly found is fancy hotels or agreat home made dishes by how we call it, “Mama Made’s Special!” Down in the slum of Kasokoso in Kireka where I happened to have leaved for now 5weeks, I decided to seek entrepreneurs in restaurant business. To my biggest dismay, there was not significant eating joints, a couple of days i eat from small but well planned restaurants the usual menu chips and beef or local foods.. I wasn’t fan or delicious, it al tested like what I bought at the city fast food shop! Well today I broke ground, after spending the day indoors on this weekend, I chose to have a walk out with my friend and probably grab something to eat! We stopped by this lady who sells only Chips and Beef sometimes with fried eggs and asked her to serve us! Seated on a bench,  we witnessed a drunk cyclist fall down from his bike, (sustained no injuries) observed the busy movement on the road **we all agreed it was a crazy idea & prejudiced the order we made too** But oh well, it was too late to change our minds so we had to wait! She later served us and Wow! Timely, we did not wait for long to get our food. Cleanlines, the plate and eating tools where all clean. Well cooked, the chips and beef was well cooked, soft and not oily nor fatty! Spiced, her meal was cooked with special ingredients plus a well made salad! Above al, it tasted…

8 Messages to President Elect @KagutaMuseveni #UgandaDecides

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the 8.6 million Ugandans who managed to participate in this election and all the candidates who gave their time and effort during the campaign. Without either of you, the democratic process would not have been as vibrant or as vigorous. I would also like to congratulate his excellency, The President, Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on winning the election. The people have given you a mandate, and on their behalf I would like to pass on a few messages to you: 1. Your Excellency, ‘Hongera’ (Bravo). It is not easy to be President for so long and still be loved by a majority of Ugandans. 2. Secondly, please restore social media and promise never to deny your people the right to internet, speech or communication. If we are going to have faith in you, show some good will too. 3. You have been voted by people who largely hate the government, but love peace. That is why your ministers were kicked out. Tangible qualitative, quantitative and sustainable development should be your number one agenda. No more Corruption! Get rid of all these self-oriented thugs in office. 4. Please don’t run again in 2021. You are mzee, the great mentor and father of this country. Isn’t it time you groomed new leaders outside your family to continue your good works? 5. Several Presidential candidates in the race had great ideas, for example, FDC’s plan for employment was on point. Just as enriching was the Go Forward plan for education. Pick and implement the best of your opponents ideas for the benefit of the country. 6. Restore National Service for Youth. In this way we can unify our country. There is no need to implement the policy of divide and conquer which is only an…

My Thoughts On The 2016 Presidential Elections #UgandaDecides

The seating Government is not willing to hand over power. Besigye has more to deal with than just the President. He stands in direct opposition to the security agencies, secret institutions and the system itself. The defiant nature of Besigye’s campaign however is making him lose international support. The west wants peace in the region and feels that Museveni leaving power affects that. Incidently, even though Amama Mbabazi is not as popular among people like Kizza Besigye, he does enjoy international goodwill.   Most of the people who would have helped Besigye are either in prison or dead. Examples include Gen Sejusa and Capt. Katabazi (who was an Mbabazi aide). This leaves Besigye exposed, drawing his support merely from the public who fear to be resistant. One thing still in play, however, is the Resolution Meeting between Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi in London. In case of a rerun, both Candidates could pull their strengths together and offer a real challenge to the government. To understand politics in Uganda, you need to realize that its not just the President who calls the shots. Its a system. Some people believe that the President is a prisoner of his own employees, friends and family. On the ground, many Ugandans believe that President Museveni is the better option. Many remember and appreciate the fact that he brought peace and order. The public feels that his only weakness is his failure to control those around him, otherwise he is undoubtedly Uganda’s greatest President. Uganda right now is a grenade. Museveni is the pin. For many people, removing the pin means only one thing – an explosion!!! Hence they choose the old saying that goes, “Better the Devil You know than the Angel you don’t!” But still many of us agree, we need change, question…

My Voting Experience on the 18th Feb 2016 #UgandaDecides

As a youth advocate, practising what I preach is important. I believe that voting is the most effective way young people can influence decision making in Uganda. I set off on the eve of election day to Manafwa district where my polling station is located, hoping to vote and mobilise others to do the same. At least that was the plan. Getting a bus direct to the district turned out to be difficult and as a result I had to hire a private vehicle which resulted in a long expensive trip with lots of stop overs.   Furthermore, public threats from the army and the police discouraged alot of people from turning up to vote. The disconnection of social media platforms and mobile money was also a hinderance as alot of people couldn’t access their funds so that they could travel. And since social media is one of the best mobilization tools among the young, there was also a generally low turn up in that demographic as well. In some areas, ballot papers were delayed resulting in congestion at the polling stations. If the Electoral Commission had had better mechanisms for controlling numbers, many people, just from sheer exhaustion, wouldn’t have returned home without voting. I had to use a BodaBoda (commercial motorcycle) for three hours just to make sure I could cast my vote. The entire experience just highlights my lack of faith in the electoral system of Uganda. As I speak, in five subregions of Bugisu, few young women turned up to vote. The irony being that there were several elderly women waiting in line. Many young people were relunctant to show up due to the belief that the incumbent President will be declared the winner no matter what. For now, all any of us can do is…

How to Choose a Life Partner 

Choosing a life partner is the biggest decision you’ll make outside of choosing to accept Jesus Christ as Savior.I’ve met with scores of couples for premarital counseling through the years. And one of the first points I try to get across to them is that “desire” does not equal love. Desire may be illustrated by a young person who tells you they can’t live without you, that they’re miserable, and that life seems colorless and empty when you’re not around. That may be a form of love, but it’s not the sort of love that will hold a marriage together through the years. While they may feel they “need” you today, it’s possible that five months from now you’ll no longer meet their “need,” and they’ll find that they “need” someone else. What I tell these young couples is that love is based on commitment, and that everything you do is to fulfill, satisfy, and serve the one you love. Real love doesn’t enter a relationship with an expectation to just receive. It enters a relationship to give and give and give. Let me illustrate how deceptive the world’s definition of “love” can be. Picture a young couple who has been dating for a few weeks. It isn’t long before this young man tells his girlfriend how much he loves her and how difficult it is to keep his hands off her. Pressing her to engage in a physical relationship, he explains that he “loves her so much” he can no longer restrain himself, he want to defile her through fornication (which many people refer to as premarital sex). The truth is, any young woman who hears that line should realize that the young man doesn’t love her too much… he loves her too little. Actually, he’s not thinking about…

6 WAYS TO INCREASE HOW ACCESSIBLE YOU ARE TO YOUR TEAM

“In the past a leader was a boss. Today leaders must be partners with their people. They no longer can lead based on positional power.” ~Ken Blanchard “Truly great leaders spend as much time collecting and acting upon feedback as they do providing it.” ~Alexander Lucia   Being accessible for your staff is the first step in getting feedback. After all, if they can’t find you, they can’t tell you what they think. Good managers make themselves available to their staff so that when the moment strikes when an employee wants to talk to you about something you can seize it. GREAT managers set themselves up to encourage those feelings of sharing amongst their team. Feedback is the breakfast of champions when it comes to management and here are six tricks of the trade from great managers: Walk around and engage about work: Great managers check in on their staff regularly throughout the day. The key is to not only engage your team with talk about last night’s football game, but to engage them about work related things as well. How’s that account doing? Any problems putting together that report? Has the marketing team been getting you what you need? Talking to your staff is fine, but opening the door to their feedback reaps amazing results. Take care of things when they are brought to you: A great manager takes care of things and takes care of them quickly. If you are a resource to your team, they will come to you with a VERY wide array issues/concerns. Dealing with issues your team brings to you always should get a high priority. Great managers understand the power of this on morale, support, and overall performance. Sit out in the cubes occasionally: It is INCREDIBLE what you can learn from sitting…