My memorable insights at the University of Cape Town

Geoffrey Ssenoga (holding a boom microphone) during a documentary film practical session at the University of Cape Town

Last   year    on   September 25, Geoffrey Ssenoga, a lecturer at the Mass Communication department, travelled to South Africa after receiving an invitation from the University of Cape Town Africa Film Fellowship Project to attend a seven-week training in documentary film making. He shares his experience. “Fees must fall,” shouted a group of student protestors in front of the University of Cape Town main building. They were protesting against the fees policies of South African public universities. On South African television channels, there would be nightly news images…

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Social media is crushing culture

BY DOREEN KAJERU Last Sunday, I was unintentionally 45 minutes early for church. Being the early bird I was, I looked for the most comfortable place to sit. But next to where I sat was a young man I didn’t greet. I love greeting and for the peace of my conscience, but I convinced myself that it wasn’t my fault not to have said hello to him. He had buried his head in the screen of his phone and also had ear-phones plugged into his ears. Clearly, he didn’t want…

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Froese: Pioneer and mentor of The Standard

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On  May 7 this year, The Standard will mark 10 years of existence. As a way of celebrating that success, untill then every issue, we shall run a story of one of the persons who have worked here since  the launch. This week, we start with TOM FROESE, the journalist who founded the newspaper. He shares his  story with Agatha Muhaise and Elizabeth Amongin Dawn of the Standard In March 2006, Prof Stephen Noll, the   then vice-chancellor of UCU, called Froese to   his  offic e and told him…

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Janani Luwum was a man of rare courage

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BY ALEX TAREMWA On February 16, 1977, a man like no other armed not with a gun or a dagger but the Bible and the cross was assassinated at the hands of the then Ugandan ruthless president Idi Amin Dada. According to historical accounts, the Most Rev Janani Jakaliya Luwum, archbishop of the Anglican Church   in Uganda,  Rwanda Burundi, and Boga Zaire, had become a sharp critic of the gross atrocities  including murders orchestrated by Idi Amin. On the day he was killed, it is said    that Luwum…

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Auma writes to depict evil in society through literature

BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN While most students wait until they graduate to save money and earn a living, Rachel Hope Namubiru Auma, 24, a playwright, was already earning and saving at the beginning of her last year at university in 2016. The money she was saving would later help her stage one of her plays at the National Theatre. Writing a play and at the same time directing it is usually a hard task. However, for Namubiru this is  what     she enjoys  most. She has the passion of directing…

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The Netherlands through my eyes

Namutosi with her friends in the Netherlands (File Photo)

My experience during the Parallel Portrait Project Martha Namutosi travelled to the Netherlands together with her lecturer Nathan Omiel for an art exhibition at Minerva Art Academy. In the previous issue, we ran  a story of Omiel’s  experience during the trip. This week, Namutosi tells her experience The theme of portraying the elderly was a new subject that captured my attention on first sight through an email sent by my lecturer Eria. The e-mail was informing me that I had been selected to go to the Netherlands for an Art…

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How to make the best New Year resolutions

Photos showing various resolutions that people make for the new year (Internet Photo)

BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN At the beginning of the year, the excitement of setting resolutions strikes. Even   those whose resolutions for the previous year did not yield any single result,  rush to compile another list  for the New Year. However, the challenge of making resolutions comes when the year is ending and you are not counting any achievement. Failure to achieve sometimes invokes  self-pity and at the end people begin blaming themselves. Joshua Muzei, an auditor at Uganda Christian University (UCU), says he doesn’t set New Year resolutions because the task…

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Here’s an excuse for wearing rings

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History says rings were extremely popular among the Romans. There were certain rules in the fashion of rings which were strictly observed. Plain signets and bronze rings were worn on either hand, but rings set with stones were considered effeminate if worn on the right hand. Gold rings could be worn on certain occasions. Writes Fred Hidula Until two years ago when Grace Kamede joined Uganda Christian University (UCU), she was not a fan of rings. Kamede told The Standard that before she started wearing rings, she even had a…

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Five alumni give back to western Uganda

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BY PATTY HOUSTON-HOLM Uganda Christian University (UCU), is the founder and director of the  Widows and Orphans Support Organisation Uganda (WOSO-UG), based in Lwengo, western Uganda. WOSO, which    started in 2012, helps meet the needs of orphaned children and their mothers through assistance    in such areas as tuition fees, food, bedding and micro-credit for entrepreneurship. Kitayimbwa was once like   these children; he got     his   first pair of shoes at age 11 and his first  mattress at age 13; he often went to bed hungry…

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Dr Elizabeth Kizito Stirring creativity in agricultural students

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BY PATTY HOUSTON-HOLM On paper, the Ugandan chicken industry looks good. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics reported a 3.2 percent poultry production increase from 2011 to 2012. This means more local food, including eggs, and improved income for farmers. However, for a fourth year Uganda Christian University (UCU) student, Allan Dickson Mulepo, that’s not good enough. He is concerned that only 37 percent of each slaughtered chicken is used, with various parts going to waste. During a research proposal defense in UCU’s science lab, Dickson   Mulepo presented his research…

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