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17 Oct 2014

My greatest mistakes in life so far - according to my Dad

Once in while you get to a place where you get onto your knees and wonder what is it that I am doing and why isn't everything working out for time as it is for so and so? Reason being that there is probably so much going wrong at the moment that we fail to see and look at the bigger picture.

I have been there a tad many times mostly because I am not a conformist. I like to view the world through totally different lenses. And while so far it has worked for me – I will tell you that it is no mean feat. I have wanted to quit so many times. I have had doubts, I have wanted to compromise, I have wanted to throw in the towel on me, my dreams and aspirations, - I have had those moments where all I want to do is cry myself to sleep and wake up in the morning hoping that something will  have changed. But we all know how that story usually ends – we wake up to the same idiocy as we left the night before.
15 Oct 2014

Gadaffi's dream that never came to pass- what next?

Integration is something that we have grown accustomed to hearing. If it is not on the Common Market of Easter and the Southern Africa [COMESA] front, it is the Southern African Development Community [SADC] and the East African Community [EAC]. And we all know that one of Africa’s most important rulers at one time Colonel Muammar Ghadaffi believed in the unity of Africa, it was a dream that he never got to realize. 

What we are not having is a discussion of if integration at all levels is actually feasible. Let us be real with ourselves as Africans: are we willing to do the work that makes this a reality?  [1]. In a continent where there are about 1500 – 2000 African languages, unity is going to be one not just long but interesting road. It may happen, it may not. It could be in our times or in our children, children’s times.
14 Oct 2014

YOUTH - How to grow and keep your lanes



As you may notice, Lanes in Africa - especially Uganda are almost non-existent. But of you are careful, you should be able to find, grow and keep your lane. Photo Credits: travelbugger.com
I am a youth advocate and usually what I want to do is to learn more and to listen to what people are saying. Being a part of these processes gives me a chance to do just that. As a result I have been honored to be a part of so many conversations on the continent and once in a while – I am the only young person in the room, a task I willingly undertake.

Recently, I was invited to a meeting in Kampala to put together a bigger event that was youth focused. I received concept note and agenda for minutes for the last meeting that had been held. Because I had met and worked with the person that signed the email – I
13 Oct 2014

PAN AFRICANISM- A DREAM RAPED

This is a Guest Blog by Tim Mugerwa 

Pan Africanism  origins are stemmed from the struggles of the African people against enslavement and colonisation” Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (Pan Africanism: Politics, Economy and Social Change in the Twenty-first Century)  to the first resistance on slave ships – rebellions and suicides – through the constant plantation and colonial uprisings and the “Back to Africa” movements of the nineteenth century.

Pan-Africanism as an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide is based on the belief that unity is vitally important to economic, social, and political progress and aims to unify and uplift people of African descent.
The ideology asserts that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is "a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny.