it’s not all luck

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FROM A CONVERSATION MADE PUBLIC AT MONOT, IN BUGOLOBI, AT THE JULY #ExpertTalksUg event:
A few years ago I noticed that some young people kept telling me that I was “lucky” or had been “lucky” to have a job or whatever they perceived to be ‘okay’ aka ‘doing well’ (never wealthy or rich or successful).
The idea irritates me especially with the realisation that some people out there are relying on this so-called luck for their success at God-knows-what.
Well, it’s not all luck.
Of course, there is some luck involved in getting to where one gets to – whether successful, rich or even just happy. Even lottery winners have to spend a little bit of money buying the damn ticket, so there is some work that goes into winning.
In my case, I know there is some luck involved in getting me to where I am – I am lucky that…

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Road Safety first – Get yourself a helmet

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I BOUGHT a motorcycle helmet the other week, and now go with it almost everywhere these days – making a point to carry it out of the car and into coffee shops and offices. I do NOT use boda-bodas. …

Source: Road Safety first – Get yourself a helmet

the return of term eggenda…or tamweggenda

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Tamwegenda Student kavuyo from way before my time (Photo from http://www.kingscollections.org)

DO you remember, back in the day, a concept called “Term Eggenda” (pronounced ’Tamweggenda’)?

In my primary school days it referred to the very last day or night of the school term. It was a terrible time for some, and a terrific time for others.

That last day was euphoric, hysterical, and irrational just because the term was ending and everybody was going home – some for good, since they were changing schools or school levels or had been expelled, and others just for the break.

But that break, in those days, was long and disruptive for many reasons – since many of us left school and went long distances to our homes. Besides, we had neither phones (not even landlines, most of us) nor email, and were basically incommunicado till we got back during the next term.

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Help Burundi – Heal a nation

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Just seen a young family on the bus enroute to to Nakivale because of the #BurundiCrisis.A rucksack and handbag the only property to show.

A baby in a thin shawl barely three months old – unable to speak any of our languages – only kinyarwanda and kirundi. To think that all it would have taken is the sacrifice of one man irks me to the bone – that sacrifice can still be made #NvaBurundi #burundi

KEEP QUIET!

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The phrase Keep Quiet was trending on  Twitter (still is, for the most part) in Uganda, alongside #UgandaDecides , #UgandaDecided and #MuseveniDecides. While the three hash tags brought on more than enough heartbreaks, heartaches, disillusionment and delirium, Keep Quiet was alive. Bazanye went ahead and blogged about it too, and it was hilarious! It was what the kids today call LIT. Let me give you a little background; a tweep called the formidable, politically correct diplomat and Clap Back Queen Winnie Byanyima for being unavailable to take care of her spouse Kizza Besigye, who was then under house arrest. Her response came in two words; Keep Quiet! For those of you who are not acquainted with Winnie Byanyima, she is the Executive Director of Oxfam International and the wife to Uganda’s opposition leader and the one man who single-handedly gives the 30 year serving president a run for his…

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Versatile Bloggers Award

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Versatile Bloggers Award

Unsaid Feelings

I’ve secretly read so many posts about the Versatile Bloggers Award with envy, patiently waiting for when I’d get nominated. Sinawo, I’m short for words now that you are the only one that nominated me. If you hadn’t broken the rules, I know not what would have happened. Thank you!
  
The Rules
1. Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice. When considering a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, keep in mind the quality of their writing, the uniqueness of their subject matter and the level of love displayed on the virtual page.
3. Link your nominees and let them know about their nomination.
4. Share seven facts about yourself

Unfortunately, most of (if not) all the bloggers I know have already been nominated. I’ll now dive into the few facts I…

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Help Burundi!? Heal a nation 

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Just seen a young family on the bus enroute to to Nakivale because of the #BurundiCrisis.A rucksack and handbag the only property to show.

A baby in a thin shawl barely three months old – unable to speak any of our languages – only kinyarwanda and kirundi. To think that all it would have taken is the sacrifice of one man irks me to the bone – that sacrifice can still be made #NvaBurundi #burundi