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6 Nov 2014

AU our toothless dog and its response to Burkina Faso

There are a couple of events now that have happened in my life that I can vividly remember where I was and what I was doing.  I remember the scents, feelings that come with what was happening at that time and what was going on around  me. Unfortunately these events are not happy moments. From the top of my head  they include the death of Princess Diana, the death  of Nelson Mandela, the Westgate terrorism saga in Nairobi among others. And now to join this list is the toppling of the Blaise Campaore government in Burkina Faso , something that is still fresh and with a lot of evolving events. I will always remember where I was when the youth led protest movement toppled the longest serving president of Burkina Faso.
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:
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