Monthly Archives: August 2014

‘Tupakasa’ – changing the slogan of the Ugandan youth from ‘Tuchakala’ and ‘Tusaba Gavumenti Etuyambe’

Well put, Simon


ONE of my favourite questions when meeting new, potential employees, workmates or professional associates is, “What’s your favourite TV programme?”

I don’t ask this in the spirit of my youth when it was followed up with an offer of video tape exchanges, but to establish what type of person I am about to engage in business or professional interaction with. Some confess to being addicts of thrill TV shows and others proclaim a love for comedy and music; all natural since TV is generally just light entertainment.

I’m forcing more and more of them, though, to go for business entertainment; programming that entertains while igniting one’s entrepreneurial spark. Business entertainment develops one’s business knowledge, sharpens one enterprise, inspires one to work and act better with ideas and business-related motivation.

I myself only discovered this part of life – not just TV – recently, otherwise I would have done many things…

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Launching The Global Shapers, Kampala Hub

Despite the heavy down pour on earlier in the Thursday afternoon, the Shapers were ready to take the evening by the horns the entire 28th August 2014, evening as the Kampala Hub was launched. The venue was already set up waiting for everyone to walk in. The chairs sat looking at the white perimeter wall that acts as the projector screen at the venue. We waited with anxiety and personally, I looked forward to the induction. We had constantly met in numerous meetings via the group discussions on email and whatsapp. Lorna connected us to The Hub, Kamwokya where we met with friends who came in as witnesses.
At around 1920 Hours EAT, we kicked off. Ruth Aine, our assistant curator, despite the delayed response of the projector, opened up the event. We wanted to break away from the seminar setting as had been arranged, we sat in a circle. We wanted to engage with our audience. The theme for the night was “Our role as Citizens in shaping a better Uganda.” It also served as the induction of the new Shapers; Lorna Okeng, David Benon Kangye and Gloria W. Nanfuka.
Not even the cold evening could stop us from having a good time at the evening roll out. The question to the audience was to give their interpretation of the term ‘Global Shapers’. As an ice breaker, we shared video clips of different Shapers explaining how and why they came to learn of Global Shapers.
“I heard some of you introduce yourselves as shapers, then what are we?” asked Najjat Jauhara, one of the guests. A number of questions came up in this line since many thought it was another non- government organization ready to dish out money. But Ruth made it known to all that Global Shapers is about social change; doing something for the community.
As the night grayed on, and the wind whispering through the skin, bites were shared as we watched the Abuja Hub video. In between the breaks, a number of questions were asked. Most of the people in attendance were youths below the age of 30. Their concern centered on how they could become part of the Community. “It sounds interesting, how do I join?” asked Joan who kept asking question after question. “I don’t have a twitter handle and rarely check my mails, does that mean I can’t be part of the Global Shapers?” chipped in Joel who opened up a twitter account thereafter.
“Most of our discussions are online because it’s a ‘Global Shapers’ world. We don’t only communicate with the people here. You need to be on line regardless,” responded Donald.
As we wound up the evening, we asked our audience to share with us their take home information about the Global Shapers and Joel Yiga summarized it saying, “Every one’s ability is needed in Global Transformation.” This, he based on Nixon’s story that he shared as an activity that was carried out by the Global Shapers to mark the day of the African Child in Mityana.
All were eager to learn more about the next project of the Kamapala Hub, which thay definitely wanted to be a part. Live tweets of the event went on and on with the #GSHKla hastag. @KampalaHub was launched as the official tweeter handle for the hub. Then the audience disbanded in a one on one with the Shapers.

Charles Bukowski’s letter to the man who inspired him to quit his soul-sucking day job to become a writer

Everyone has such a point

Vox Populi

In 1969, the year before his fiftieth birthday, Charles Bukowski caught the attention of Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, who offered Buk a monthly stipend of $100 to quit his day job and dedicate himself fully to writing.

August 12, 1986

Hello John:

Thanks for the good letter. I don’t think it hurts, sometimes, to remember where you came from. You know the places where I came from. Even the people who try to write about that or make films about it, they don’t get it right. They call it “9 to 5.” It’s never 9 to 5, there’s no free lunch break at those places, in fact, at many of them in order to keep your job you don’t take lunch. Then there’s overtime and the books never seem to get the overtime right and if you complain about that, there’s another sucker to take your place.


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Lantern Meet of Poets

This what the Lantern Meet has come to be; Purpose


100_7741 I arrived at Bukoto  at about 2:45pm , fifteen minutes early for our meet up with the poets. After initial  introductions , i got into a heated debate with one of the poets about the reasons ‘women should not eat chicken’. One of the old traditional beliefs in Uganda. I will save my opinion for another day. This was the beginning of some of the heated discussion we had. I must admit poets are a passionate lot. Lets just say for this meet-up, the Poets gave me a run for my money.

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We started off our session  with an introduction to Wikipedia and then created accounts and user pages.Through this interaction , people got a better understanding of Wikipedia . Most of the  group admitted that the edit source feature in Wikipedia looked more intimidating than the edit beta feature.  I know understanding  all the features on Wikipedia will…

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