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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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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Count the cost of pornography

internet photo

The Anti-Pornography Act 2014 received mixed reactions from Ugandans. Some said it was a waste of time; others were angry at such interference with their ‘freedom’. Generally, the vice has gained social acceptance and many view it simply as harmless fun. Nicholas Opolot and Francis Emukule take stock of the dangers of pornography and how it is ruining the lives of many. Anecdotal evidence shows that the Internet and mainstream media are the major purveyors of pornography in Uganda. With just a click of the mouse or access to a…

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Students exhibit contemporary, elegant artwork

(Photo by Elizabeth Amongin)

BY CLINTON TUMANYE AND ELIZABETH AMONGIN t is an intensely hot afternoon. The ground beneath seems to be pleading for mercy to the scotching sun to relent to some clouds for shade, to no avail. However, focused artists do not seem to mind the heat as they enthusiastically carry on in preparation for the art exhibition. First up in front of the art school building is Lenace Mukama, a third- year student of Industrial Fine Art (BIFA) at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono. Clad in a neat, white T-shirt and…

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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


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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