Canaan Gents spread hope through music

Seven years ago on November 30, 2011 the music group Canaan Gents was birthed, introducing Uganda to Acapella, a music genre that relies solely on artistes’ vocal abilities without instruments. In a country that greatly consumes instrumental music, it was not easy for Samuel Lubwama and his five-man team to kick-start their career; but they persevered. The inauguration Lubwama, then an Information Technology student at UCU, “collected a bunch of guys and we started practising in Nsibambi Hall,” he said. “Then we moved to the common room. So when the…

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He beat the odds of impairment

Did you know that people with disabilities consistently report a good quality of life? Have you ever thought of what your life would be if you were disabled? It is quite an unusual reflection. But why do we habitually assume that the physically impaired people are unhappy. For one Francis Okumu, this is a mere misconception. Francis Okumu is a blind student at Uganda Christian University (UCU). He pursues his Bachelor in Social work and Social Administration. Francis attends class and goes for group discussions with other people. As a…

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Shepherds triumph

The UCU rugby team, the Shepherds, thrashed the Rhinos 31–0 on January 25 at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, Kampala. Despite the delayed release of the year’s fixtures, the Sherpherds managed to display an outstanding performance against their opponents. The team dominated the game with great performance from Paul Karungi, Matthias Ocaria, Dennis Sekiwere and Alex Aturinda. UCU’s Brian Makaragwa was the most outstanding player of the day. “The results came as a shock following the team’s lack of training time as a result of the new pitch undergoing rehabilitation,” Timothy Luyirika,…

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The only Radio to which my tuning knob was locked

The least used application on my phone is the FM radio. I do not tune in at home and when I buy a vehicle, the first thing I will disable is the radio. Judging from my taxi escapades, I think radios have a way of making journeys longer. However, there is one radio that won my heart and was immediately exempted from this dislike – the Mowzey Radio. Not only was that radio melodious, it had words that cut sharp through my skull and inked themselves into my brain. Since…

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Unveiling the Finest Talent

BY FRED HIDULA Early this month Vilma Achieng was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the National Basketball League playoffs after leading her side to winning the title. She also won the best rebounder, top scorer and best centre in the Zone V Club championship where the team won bronze. Achieng was born on 23, 1993, in Siayi County, western Kenya, to the late Joseph Owino and Rose Akinyi. She went to Wera Primary School from 1998 to 2007 before joining Raliew Secondary School for her O-level from 2008-2011.…

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Why does University limit extra-curricular activities?

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Typically, my new timetable for LLB3 has been the most inconvenient since my arrival here as a new student. For the most part, I have to attend class from 8am to 7pm for three days straight a week. I am quite surprised because Uganda Christian University boasts of many amenities that enable recreational use. However, the timetable and academic curriculum structures disfavour students from participating in extra-curricular activities apart from those required to earn a degree. These may include hobbies and social, sports, cultural, or religious activities.…

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I am the living story of every Karimojong girl

Hailing from one of the most remote regions of Uganda and being raised by a single illiterate mother, Jane Frances Abodo came against all odds in a society that viewed the girl child education as futile. Francis Emukule caught up with her to share her story, after she delivered a public lecture in the Anti-Corruption Week at Uganda Christian University (UCU). Abodo, is the ninth among 62 siblings. Her story has turned out to inspire many girls especially from Karamoja, she says. My story “I was brought up by a…

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Growing up on a small police budget forced me to stay in school – Barasha

Late last year, Duncan Barasha was elected to the office of the Guild President after defeating three other opponents in a hotly contested race. The Standard recently caught up with him on a range of issues. Qn: Who is Duncan Barasha? Ans: I am a God fearing person who serves to please Him. I went to Aria Primary School the current Daffodils in Kololo. I later I joined Kiira College Butiki in Jinja for O-level and St Lawrence Citizens High School for my A-level. Qn: You come out as a…

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UCU community embarks on anti-corruption fight

BY MARION BAMEKA The overwhelming corruption indices among young people have forced Uganda Christian University (UCU) on journey to combat this vice. Martin Kizito, the head of department of Public Administration and Governance, told The Standard that the university council on May 25, 2017 resolved that UCU will hold an annual anti-corruption week to condemn the vice. The department of Public Administration will spearhead the campaign. “The idea of the council is that as a Christian university we should not burry our heads in the ground and pretend that corruption…

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