Most of Queen of Katwe (QoK), Uganda’s “Slumdog Millionaire” was shot in South Africa. The movie will delight Ugandans who know the story of Phiona Mutesi quite well. She is the girl from Katwe. This is one of the largest of the 67 slums in the capital Kampala. Against some serious odds Mutesi made a
Whenever there is a sporting success, and there are a handful of games to pick from, Ugandans gush with national pride. Many times the name of the “most sportsmanlike” president Idi Amin Dada is invoked, without his crimes, and there were many. In the heat of rapture for that rare occasion Amin’s successors are chastised
If the announcement of oil production licenses, to the most credible consortium likely to commercialize Uganda’s oil find, had arrived two or three- or even five years ago, the accompanying euphoria could have served as the desperate morale boost that the government currently needs. Instead this significant announcement made this week passed with little fanfare.
Over lunch and later what us, Ugandans, refer to as “evening tea” I was asked several times about the T-shirt. As it happens, the t-shirt in question was a gift from Rwanda’s last election. It was a specially printed good quality black shirt with a black and white image of Rwanda’s president known here as
I was recently in conversation with two friends. Online of course. Both are lawyers under 33 with promising careers in public service. One in fact plans to run for president one day. Despite the fact that their education and early careers have been within the donor funded civil society in Uganda both support the position
Wrote this about a week ago ( it never went to publication) Uganda is not withdrawing from Somalia. At least not anytime soon. It is also unlikely to officially end its mission in Central Africa Republic. Rather the last I heard Ugandan peacekeeping is expanding both within the Great Lakes Region, and if one would
DSTV Uganda’s swanky offices in Kololo are a powerful statement of where the money ends up in the television business. As a content carrier the business relies almost entirely on other providers for its survival. However with its successful subscription business DSTV makes most of the money. It is part of a small cluster of
A more convincing answer to Joachim Buwembo’s argument “ why many non-Baganda love the Kabaka more today”, is language. Luganda is a de facto national language and I think explains the cultural penetration of all things Buganda including the favourable interpretation of the Kabaka of Buganda as depicted by Buwembo (see his blog post here).
Thank you if you are running for charity this week. As the Baganda say Obulaamu bwe Bugaga or true wealth is found in being healthy. The Kabaka birthday run is to increase awareness on obstetric fistula and raise funds for Kitovu Hospital, one of the centres that treat the condition. The answer to fistula is