Exploring Uganda one waterfall at a time

BY HENRY MATOVU When you ask Ugandans what their dream destination would be, the majority would cross not only just the Ugandan border but the oceans beyond to find it. They mention lands far away, glorifying foreign beauty over their motherland. I on the other hand would opt to visit Uganda any day. I totally agree with Sir Winston Churchill who called our country “The Pearl of Africa”. So, over the June public holiday break, thanks to social media, I retreated to the eastern part of Uganda. My journey was…

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Art…a contest for a spot in the limelight

(Photo by Patrick Massa)

BY BYRON OTTO You may   have seen various art pieces (or sculptures) on your way past or  into the Technology Park (commonly known as Tech Park at UCU) at the south-west end of the university.   These art pieces were erected to depict various interpretations of diverse visual, imaginative and technical traits. The intention is that they would be appreciated for their beauty, intellectual and emotional power. However, most of them are in ruins, and the usual reaction they evoke is criticism, if not ridicule, of the art industry….

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A photo shoot that changed a community

Joshua Abaho (Photo by Elizabeth Amongin)

BY ELIZABETH    AMONGIN This is a curious   tale of a photo shoot that changed the lives of indigenous children in a remote village in Mukono. Joshua   Abaho, a student of mass communication at UCU, decided to take his photojournalism classes further, and earn a living from photography. One day a client asked him to take photos in Mukono. “I received a call from a model who wanted a photo shoot done. The model chose the location, which was Kyungu, Mukono District. My job was to take the…

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A childhood dream lived

Wandera addressing an audience at the Commonwealth of Kentucky

MBY DENNIS WANDERA My journalism passion stems from childhood. If you remember kids in your high school who used to read “news” at the school assembly and publish manila weekly “newspapers,” that was me. More than anything, it was my boyhood career calling. This eventually earned me the information prefect post for three years in a row in high school, and student editor of the school magazine. My journalism dream got a boost when my older sister Constance, who was then a student at UCU would bring me copies of…

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Blending in peacefully

DOREEN KAJERU

BY DOREEN KAJERU When we are born, we are without knowledge about anything. We are trained, taught and moulded by parents and the different surroundings we are subjected to in the growth path of our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes we get acquainted with bad habits that later on grow into character. It may not be a parent’s wish for their children to grow up the way they themselves grew up but their actions, which the children watch each day, are louder than words. They look up to parents because they are their…

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Down syndrome is still a health threat

An illustration showing the signs of Down Syndrome (Internet Photo)

BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN Alvin Mukisa was born a normal baby like any other, but soon his mother, Achiro, noticed that her son was lazy and had wide eyes. The mother decided to take him to the paediatrician who carried out various tests and said that he had Down syndrome. Down Syndrome was first described as a disorder in 1866 and it was named after John Langdon, who later discovered the cause of the defect in 1959. The World Health Organisation defines Down syndrome as a condition caused by extra-genetic material…

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How The Standard taught me about journalism basics

Oyako during the interview (Photo by Elizabeth Amongin)

BY STAFF WRITER It is a common practice for many people to despise humble beginnings (first place of work) after gaining more income and popularity. Many do not want to be recognised as former employees of particular institutions or companies due to various reasons. But for journalist Arthur Oyako, despising one’s humble beginnings has never crossed his mind. Oyako was first employed at The Standard for two years. While at The Standard, he worked as a photographer, editor, writer among others. At this time, the newspaper was only three years…

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Shisha, the silent killer

(Photo by Patrick Massa)

BY AGATHA MUHAISE It is a chilly Friday night at the famous Casablanca II nightclub in Mukono town. Files of youths make their way to the little, black, ramshackle gate that we will later realise is the entrance to club. We are ushered in by a mean-looking man, who barely makes an effort to check us, into a crowded compound of what looks like a poorly lit residential house. The Music is blaring and deafening, drowning out random screams and loud conversation. We squeeze our way to the back of the…

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How working at The Standard re-shaped my thinking

(Internet Photo)

By Elizabeth Amongin Who is Frank Obonyo? I was born in Nagongera, Tororo District, to Johnny and Betty Obonyo. I went to school in Luzira Primary School, Kisoko High School, Luzira Secondary School, then Uganda Christian University, Mukono, where I graduated with a BA in Mass Communication majoring in Print. How did you join The Standard ? After     graduation in 2006, the idea of starting up a student community newspaper was hatched by the then head of department. We were interviewed and appointed as staff writers in March…

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Writing one’s way to the top

(Photo by Patrick Massa)

By Elizabeth   Amongin While undertaking his A-level studies at Mengo Senior School, Semakula decided to pursue journalism in spite of not having studied literature. “I joined UCU in 2003 to study Mass Communication thinking my class had only former literature students. But during the lectures I discovered that we were all the same and not everyone had done literature,” he said. The ambitious Semakula made his friends wisely. While at university in second year, he met one Samuel Waigolo, who was at that time writing for Daily Monitor and…

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