This week I have been nostalgic. I miss the good old days at MACOS and the great times of UMU. Back in high school, I was very active guy and I remember no school function would be complete without me. There was the SMART Partnership and the celebrations of the day of the African Child. In 2001, I directed a play and we staged it at Speke Resort Munyonyo for the visiting Heads of governments. We even had a one-on-one with the First Lady at State House, Nakasero. Glorious Days!
2002, my team was again part of the celebrations of the day of the African child. This was held at the now Serena Conference Centre. When professor Okey Ndibe visited Uganda, I was on the committe that welcomed him – representing the students of Uganda. Those days, I used to shine. I was woah!!!
Here is a part of me from the time. The poem below was recited to the Uganda parliamentarians on 16th June 2002 at the Serena Conference Centre.
Dream on African child
Long for a land free from hunger
Free from famine, poverty and war.
Dream on girl of Africa
That you will break the chains
That tied your great-grandmother
Denying her of basic things
To eat or not to eat chicken?
To climb or not to climb a mango tree?
Right or wrong
She had no right
To eat on scarce resources.
Dream on boy of Africa
That you will never be forced
To join quarrels you have not started
You will not be part of the war
That denies children a good night’s sleep.
Dream on boy! Dream on girl!
That you will get work to do
And earn as much as you toil
To have a break from breaking your back
A person who works should not lack
Food to eat and water to drink.
Awake, watch out for your dream
Vanishing with vapor in the valley
A shadow in a dream
Is the right of an African child.
They say we are free to go anywhere
But malaria detains us in the house
A right to form associations
And create divisions with those that do not belong.
To be given any job to do
When I have not gone to school
Free to be represented by a lawyer
Whose fees is my lifetime’s earning!
What is the right of a poor man’s child?
Let us not talk without action
If each of us demands his right
There will be no rights left
For the children, the poor and disabled
But if all of us gave a little of our right
Enough will be there for all.
Agree to fight to give up something
And not fight to gain everything
Work more than you get
Love the neighbor
More than yourself
Then the constitutional rights
Will have meaning for all.
Note: UBHH is on today at Mateos