Odongtho’s tale of lessons in the media

    FRANCIS EMUKULE A discussion about the Ugandan media on the  political scene would be incomplete without mention of CHARLES ODONGTHO, the host of the Frontline, a political talk show on NBS TV. The third child in a family of eight children, who has grown through the ranks to become a force to  reckoned with, recently talked to The  Standard. I have been a journalist for 19 years now since I started practicing in 1999. My first story was broadcast on 13 March over Radio Paidah, a radio station…

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The P7 dropout who got a degree

  FRANCIS EMUKULE Nelson Henry Nsubuga was abandoned at the age of six, following the divorce of his father George William Miiro, now 82, from his mother Victoria Nakabiri, now 71. “This negatively impacted on me. My mother gave birth to me when she was only 15; and when they divorced I did not see her again, for nine years.” “Due to this split I was not able to attain an adequate education. At the age of ten I joined Primary One with the support of my grandmother who educated…

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Think tanks are vital for Africa’s growth and thought process

NICHOLAS  OPOLOT Recently, Uganda Christian University unveiled one of its first public think tanks, the Africa Policy Centre (APC). This is of great importance to this nation since think tanks such as APC serve a critical role as knowledge centres. Today many think tanks suffer from extinction with Uganda accounting for only 27 of them across the country. Why are they dying out? Are we maximizing their full potential? Do we understand what think tanks mean to our future? Dr.  James Magara – a leading philosopher on think tanks adds…

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A city worthy coming back to

Mutto (third right) and a group of friends meet at Fort Jesus Mombasa

5th June 2018 – Three things strike me when I arrive in Nairobi; First, the hustle, as in business and huge billboards and a heart of commerce. I’m also struck by the traffic and rust-colored dust, making breathing difficult. And there’s no escaping the chasm between wealth and poverty, between the manicured lawns of Karen and Muthaiga and, a world away, the rutted tracks and refuse of Mathare and Kibera, the city’s two largest slums. Wealth disparity isn’t Nairobi’s only contradiction. Visually, the city is unusual: a huge national park…

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Drugs that poison our neighbourhood

  BY TEZRA KISAKYE Elias Mugabe, a resident of Kawuga-Mukono, spends the better part of his day chewing mairungi- a common narcotic drug leaf. For the last five years, mairungi, internationally known as khat, has been his breakfast because it helps him beat hunger and stay awake. Indeed, looking beneath his ripped, pale blue jeans, I see a bunch of the leaves ready for chewing. Drug users display signs of increased alertness, excitement, energy, talkativeness, decreased appetite and difficulty in sleeping. Health expert Henry Mukiibi from Serenity rehabilitation centre believes…

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Living with bipolar affective disorder

TEZRA KISAKYE Every man, woman, and child who struggles with bipolar disorder struggles in a different way. I talked to a few people who have bipolar and one oft-repeated lament stands out: “I come from a nice family. I wasn’t brought up to be like this.” Many are dispirited and at a loss to understand or control their own behaviour. Judgment and stigma then spew from the rest- who is this man who treats his wife so shabbily? How did this once upstanding citizen turn into a petty, compulsive shoplifter?…

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Fifth Harmony part ways

STAFF WRITER In a Twitter post signed by Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Ally Brooke Hernandez, the girls revealed they’re taking a break to focus on their solo careers. “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride! “After six…

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Breaking in

EDWARD KALEMA A paint-by-number plot still leads to an entertaining picture in “Breaking In.” Here, you get what you expect, but it’s a little better than you may have anticipated. Much of that is thanks to the beautiful actress Gabrielle Union (Shaun), a mother arriving with her two children at a remote Wisconsin house. Her recently murdered father owned the place and hid some ill-gotten gains inside. A crew of crooks, who didn’t plan on having visitors, is already there to steal the loot. Soon, those creeps have seized the…

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Intercourse football tournament kicks off

CLINTON TUMANYE Uganda Christian University inter–course football tournament, kicked off on June 18 with the Bachelors of Statistics going head on with Financial Management and Human resource at the University’s main pitch. The Bachelors of Statistics and Financial Management dominated the game, after a goalless draw, Rodney Onyinge saw the opponents net shortly into the second half. He later on added another goal to his name in the 59th minute. Namanya Barnabassealed off the 3-0 win with a long strike leaving the Human Resource team in utter despair. “We did…

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Q&A

First (Left) Ageno with her national teammates before leaving for the FIBA 3*3 World cup

TRAINNG EVERYDAY GOT ME TO THE NATIONAL TEAM   Edward Kalema Its only Uganda and Nigeria that represented Africa at the FUBA 3X3 World Cup. How does it feel like representing your country and Africa at large? It feels really nice to represent Uganda and I was overwhelmed that I was chosen because I was the only UCU player that got the call. Did you expect to be called for the national team? No. I never expected to be called because there were very many players who were called upon…

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