It is that time of the year when the sun plays too hard to catch. It shows up midmorning only to disappear before the coffee beans can turn brown. It pours out all over the skies hitting and heating hard on whatever its sharp rays stab. And this heat renders forgotten the previous downpour when it quickly sucks out the moisture from the ground awakening … Continue reading Maurice Kirya: On Singing Out his Soul
It is a cloudy Saturday midmorning when I meet Hillary Mugizi. He shows up in camouflage shorts and green sneakers with clean white soles and a black jumper zipped to the neck with the sleeves pulled back to the elbows. His tattoo on the right hand is very visible. An image of a mother and her child, a reminder, he tells me, of his dear … Continue reading #THEPOWERofONE: Hillary Mugizi Changing the World One Art Piece at a Time
On my way up to his office, I found myself looking at a big white board covered in writing of a green marker. The information there summarised had plate number details of the different company vans out on safari with the names of the guide in charge. I did not have the time to count. All I noticed is that the details covered the whole … Continue reading AMOS WEKESA on #THEPOWERofONE CLIENT
His was a burning desire to transform a village. From his childhood, there are things he observed that were not going right he promised himself to right the wrong someday. He did not know how long this would take him. All he kept was the little faith. First was the injustice at his own home. From domestic violence between his parents to his sisters dropping … Continue reading #ThePowerOfOne: Dr. Jackson Kaguri on Grandmothers Transforming Lives at Nyaka
Recently, a Thursday midmorning found me at the office premises of the Gorilla Conservation Coffee (GCC) at Kiwafu, Entebbe. Curiosity had pushed me to have a conversation with Dr. Gladys Kalema- Zikusoka, the CEO and Co-founder of GCC to learn about their work as a social enterprise in the coffee business. Upon getting there, one thing struck me; the writing on the wall. If the … Continue reading #ThePowerOfOne: Dr Gladys Kalema- Zikusoka on Conserving Gorillas, One Sip at A Time
A reader’s review On the book cover is a dirt brown clay pot with a devastating crack that possibly renders it useless for holding water, but does nothing to take away from its beauty. The inscription on the 2nd page of the book lets us in on Asinde’s interpretation. It’s a play on crack-pot: a foolish or eccentric person. It is a quote from … Continue reading Regina Asinde on SHARDS OF BROKENNESS
To err is human. That is one thing we cannot take away from ourselves. We set rules for ourselves and break them at a breakneck speed. It is human. It is natural. Trouble begins when we live in denial. The denial that can alter the way of living. That in our living close to righteousness, we are prone to err. Take for example the way … Continue reading What Are You Doing With The Literacy You Have?
Since the coming of the colonialists, local languages have been disadvantaged. Local languages were made insignificant and inferior as it was prestigious to learn the colonialist’s language. This was the case in almost all countries that were colonised. Those that did not go to school looked inferior to those that did. This kind of situation began in the pre-colonial era and was upheld in the … Continue reading THE PLACE OF RESEARCH IN LITERACY
Sometimes we get used to doing the wrong things and somehow it becomes like the right way of getting things done. Twenty two years ago, the government introduced the Universal Primary Education (UPE), a big project whose objective was to have every child accorded an opportunity of attaining primary school education. Ten years later in 2007, the same government rolled out the Universal Secondary Education … Continue reading How literate are we with our languages?
A first time visitor to Uganda once remarked, “I can’t wait to get to Uganda so I can also use the word banange. All my Ugandan friends use the word and each uses it differently.” The word banange is a Luganda exclamation that can randomly be used to express awe, excitement, amazement, wonder, and other emotions. It is this exact banange feeling that you get … Continue reading Banange, Manchester Happened!