My experience at Bayimba festival

STANDARD WRITER Getting to Lunkulu Island in Mukono District is not as easy as one might hope. One has to go through forests, cross over bridges and in some routes even use a ferry across Lake Victoria before arriving. Yet over 2,000 people made the trip. The line-up was enticing from the get-go. Izaya, Kenneth Mugabi, Apio Moro, Sandra Nankoma and Sandra Suubi were just a few of the entertainers scheduled to provide the soundtrack to the festival. (Izaya and Sandra Nankoma are both UCU alumni). None of them disappointed.…

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Thriving with faith in the UK

By Sarah Lagot Odwong Graduate school was always a childhood dream. A Master’s degree. Perhaps several Master’s degrees. And a PhD, that is Dr. Sarah Lagot Odwong, has quite a punchy ring to it. The academic designation adds power to tell the story of hope. From a simple, dusty Barjere village in the throes of recovery after over two decades of civil war in Northern Uganda, beauty could rise from the ashes. More importantly, young women who shared my background could see that they could achieve anything. They could paint…

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Alcoholism: Story of one man’s triumph

Belletti, also known as Joel Mubangizi, was a student of Uganda Christian University from 2012, until he graduated this year. He overcame an over-a-decade-long alcohol addiction that saw him attend 10 secondary schools before coming to university. He speaks to The Standard’s Benezeri Wanjala about his journey. Joel Mubangizi, better known by his peers as Belleti, graduated on July 5 after spending seven years at university. Before that, he went to eight or 10 secondary schools- even he cannot remember the exact number. The list of his former schools includes:…

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Chaplaincy’s Kimera goes to US mission

PATTY HOUSTON-HOLM Rev. Amos Kimera is aware of how alcohol, technology, materialism and peer pressure get in the way of a life fully committed to Christ. He has seen that in his 36 years of growing up and working in Uganda. He knows such temptations are greater in developed countries. In early September, when moving with his family to the United States, Rev. Amos expressed hope to play a small role in turning that around. The Uganda Christian University (UCU) assistant chaplain accepted an offer to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological…

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Youth reaping from social media

CALEB BAMWESIGA After Alex Talemwa’s internship at The Standard of Uganda Christian University ended in 2015, he needed to find another job. However, since job opportunities in Uganda are scarce, Talemwa had to prove his worth before the potential employers in the media industry. Despite the fact that he was already good at writing, editing and taking pictures not many people outside knew his abilities except his colleagues at The Standard who would not employ him anyway. What Talemwa did was to hit FaceBook to market his abilities. “I was…

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‘Wokos’ adds degree to his trophy cabinet

I arrived at the university which was buzzing with activity as excited graduands prepared to reap the fruit of their labour at the July 5 graduation event. The well-mowed football pitch had lost its identity as floods of people, organised symmetrically in lines, sat in the tents which were white enough to deflect the sun and wide enough to protect from rain. Somewhere inside one of the dozens of tents sat Phillip Wokorach himself, the champion, as The Standard’s Benezeri Wanjala writes.

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The blessing of saving for your prosperity

Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye is a lecturer at the faculty of business and management in Uganda Christian University and a co-founder of Windel Investment. Through the inspiration of her mother, she developed love for saving when she was a student at the university which has benefitted her family in many ways. The Standard’s Eva Kyomugisha talked to her about this love. “I learnt to save from my mother,” says Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye. In 2004, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics Management at Kyambogo University, Mpiriirwe decided to start…

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DOSA ends on a high

EVA KYOMUGISHA A mother and a counsellor were the words used by students to describe the outgoing Director of Student Affairs (DOSA), Olivia Ayo Birabi. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. John Senyonyi announced last week during the community worship that Birabi would be leaving the university following the expiration of her contract. Mrs. Birabi was hired as the Director of Student Affairs (DOSA) in 2016 making her the first female DOSA at the university. Birabi replaced the Rev. Milton Tweheyo. Birabi says that coming to UCU was a huge change for her,…

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Is FGM the invincible vice?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among the Sabiny of eastern Uganda has become a critical issue. In 2010, the government of Uganda outlawed the practice after human rights defenders all over the world and health experts castigated the practice.  But the recent resurrection of the practice has left Ugandans wondering whether this barbaric ritual will ever be trampled. Note that UCU students from the region are not spared by the ritual.  The Standard explores the danger of the ritual and its origin:  Patrick Chelogoi, 35, is a teacher in Kween District, …

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