Internship and the missed oppourtunities

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The subject of internship has had some bad press lately, owing to the persistent strikes of medical interns, sparking national outrage. The interns claim their allowances were scrapped, and a list of other grievances. In Uganda, finding an internship placement is frustrating, and one has to endure the intricacies and bureaucracies akin to finding an actual job. This is quite ironic because internship is meant to be an activity where one practices training related to a profession or skill and gains the pre-requisite experience. Amidst this dilemma,…

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The boda boda riders’ concern

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT I love my country  so dearly that a blind man would   be able to tell. My patriotism shows itself  in my daily life in this heck of a city bustling with so much beehive activity. Let me show you how. Think of the notorious traffic jams, the pungent smell of cattle headed to the city abattoir, hawkers who sometimes use obscene language to entice unsuspecting customers and a mass of diverse bodies sauntering to and fro God knows where. Indeed beauty can be found in unusual…

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Christians must learn to trust God in trials

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT God is all too powerful and almighty. This should be reason enough for Christians to trust him and take the wheel of their burdens, worries and seek guidance  from him. However, this isn’t the case. Many people oftenly lose their faith in God. Their allegiance to God has had a shift in contrast to the love and understanding that used to exist. Why have we become too big to accommodate Him? This sort of phenomenon is not a myth in the 21st century with the rise of…

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The idiot’s guide to forgetting new year resolutions

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Life is a two-way street, as some put it. It’s quite interesting that some desire to achieve success whereas others are just not into the idea of making something great out of themselves. Let’s just say they are okay with petty mediocrity and don’t need to bother with any efforts whatsoever. They often say one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Coincidentally, it’s the January blues where the nation is infested with acute brokenness from the festivities. The temptation is too high to give up since money…

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Student sued for defamation

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Joel Otim a fourth year law student has sued Denish Ayela, former Member of Parliament of Mass Communication, for defamation. On November 1, Ayela was served with a notice of intention to sue after the matter was reported to the Mukono Magistrates Court. It is alleged that on October 31, while on Urban Television for the Uganda Christian University guild presidential debate, Ayela made defamatory statements against Otim. He was quoted saying that Otim was drunk and was found in a trench. “The law suit is meant…

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Movie Review: Me before you

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Genre: Drama Directed by: Thea Sharrock Written by: Jojo Moyes Runtime: 110 minutes Reviewer: Nicholas Opolot Me Before You is a romantic drama starring Louisa Clark ‘Lou’ as Emilia Clarke, and Will Traynor as Sam Claflin. Sam is depicted as a successful businessman in his mid-30s. His lifestyle is fabulous, rich and flashy, owing to his obscenely rich aristocratic family ties. He lives in a plush apartment, and has a drop-dead diva for a girlfriend. With his well-paying job in London, Sam seems to have it all. But by a…

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Lawyers’ fun night thrills

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT On November 10, all roads led to Nkoyoyo Hall for the lawyers’ fun night. Organised by the Uganda Christian University Law Society, the event attracted both current and former law students, as well as students from other courses. The theme and the hashtag of the night was the ‘lawyers must tip’, and indeed the energetic performances from the various performers liven up the crowds. UCU alumni like Brian Kiira, the former Law Society president, and Leon Amutuheire attended the event. The first performance came from Afrie (soloist),…

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Mentored

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The Directorate of Student Affairs, in conjunction with the warden of Nsibambi Hall, held a male mentorship public lecture at Uganda Christian University, Mukono. The lecture was held on October 22 under the theme: “Generic skills for university students in the 21st Century”. It was intended to re- define, re-invent the role of men in society and also mould excellent morals among students. The subjects discussed included abortion, drunkenness vis-à- vis alcohol addiction, incest, pornography and promiscuous sex among the youth. The DOSA, Mrs Ayo Birabi; Dr…

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Beauty with a purpose: A sober perspective

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT On 15 October 2016, Leah Kagasa was crowned victor of the Miss Uganda beauty pageant, at the Victoria Ballroom of the prestigious Kampala Serena Hotel. Unexpectedly, her crown received backlash from many. Instead of earning praise and congratulations, she was criticized for her appearance and told of how unworthy she was of the crown. This begs the question, what is beauty? Needless to say, such a discussion often degenerates into a sentimental debate that usually ends in heated conflict. Nonetheless, let us attempt to answer the question,…

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Movie: God’s Not Dead

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  BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Director: Harold Cronk Genre: Drama Run Time: 1hour 53min Released: August 2014 Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a Christian and college freshman, is the only one among his class of 80 philosophy students, to refuse to sign a paper saying that ‘God is dead’. What follows is an arrangement by the atheist Prof. Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) to force Josh to present his arguments to prove that God is real and, therefore not dead. The college freshman delivers his argument by providing foundational principles to support the existence…

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