The sound of silence #256Poetry


The birds have left our country,
We awake to the sound of the machine gun,
And the wailing of the mother who just lost a son.
Can you hear it?
Will you shed a tear for Burundi?

We abandoned our homes,
All that is left are bullet shells in the living room,
And sun rays trying to get in through the bullet-riddled walls.
Will you hear it?
Burundi is crying!

I remember the children’s laughter at the beach on Lake Tanganyika,
All I hear now are grenade explosions in the distance,
And all I see is fleeing Burundians.
We are bleeding.
Will you shed a tear for Burundi?

Let us keep hope alive

Let us keep hope alive

This poem is dedicated to the people of Burundi especially those who have been directly affected by the on-going crisis.
I pray that the Lord may hear your cries. May He comfort you and keep you strong in these difficult times. May your departed loved ones find peaceful rest in the Lord.

I pray and stand with you!

However, as it is written:

What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived
the things God has prepared for those who love him
” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

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#UgBlogWeek The pressure


The #UgBlogWeek began yesterday and being a Monday, my desk was so full that I could not find time to post anything. I cannot promise that I will be faithful to a post a day. I am already a day a late.
When my desk cleared a bit, I got a few minutes to read some posts. I must say there are amazing bloggers who are sitting in silence. You must must be wondering about the title of this post. Well to be honest, I failed a better fitting one. There is so much pressure to keep up with this. I seem to be stuck here.

The poem here below was written a couple of years ago. It is all I have as we begin this week.As we come close to the elections, may our nation not turn to this.

As I entered this room,
All I smelt was doom,
A room so darkened with gloom
In a nation doomed.

The birds sing no more,
The wind blows no more,
The sun shines no more,
In a nation doomed.

The children have gone silent,
Mothers and fathers meet not,
My heart cries out,
In a nation doomed.

All I hear are gunshots,
My eyes are bursting to brim,
Because of the smoke-filled sky,
Mine is a nation doomed.

“The future is uncertain but the end is always near.”
― Jim Morrison

Hoops for Grace Vs Rafting against Extinction


Dear Patience,

I have been looking at this screen for the last 2 days. There are lots of things that I want to tell you but I do not know how to start. First things first, thank you so much. I received the package of goodness. You know me too well. JJ said you called. Thanks again. I miss you everyday. I tick off the calendar days – they are edging closer.

It has not been easy these past months. I have learnt to choose happiness over all else. It is tougher to wear a smile when you heart is bleeding. Story of my life. I have been reading too. Last weekend, I got myself a month’s worth of reading material at no cost. God still prevails!

October begins tomorrow. Like it has been done for the past 2 years, my friends of the 40 Days over 40 Smiles Foundation are having the annual fundraiser – Hoops 4 Grace. As usual, the event will take place at Bush Court (Naguru) opposite Kampala Parents School. Entrance is only 5,000 Ugx. It is for a good cause – A dormitory for the girls at Elohim.

Go show them some love! It will take place this Saturday!

Basketball and more!

Basketball and more!

On the same day, people throughout the world will march as one for one common purpose:  to educate and spread awareness about the poaching crisis and illegal wildlife trade in ivory and rhino horn that is plaguing our world RIGHT NOW.  In Uganda however, we will not be marching. We will be rafting the Mighty Nile instead!

Conquer the Nile for Rhinos

Conquer the Nile for Rhinos

Over the era of Idi Amin and the civil wars that followed, severe poaching across Uganda resulted in the violent demise of Northern white rhinos and elephants in Uganda. Uganda went from having more mega-herbivores per square kilometer than anywhere else in Africa – with famed herds of thousands of elephants – to seeing rhinos become extinct and elephants dropping to their lowest ever population of just a few hundred.

In recent years the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa has reached unprecedented heights as the demand for ivory and rhino horn has soared in China and other mainly Asian markets.  Whilst poaching is of concern in Uganda, the efforts of the UWA and partner conservation organisations have succeeded in sustaining a slow but steady growth in its elephant population. Uganda’s elephant numbers have increased by 600% since their lowest point in the mid-1990s, and we are the only country in Africa who can claim zero poaching of rhino since their reintroduction in 2006.

Whatever event you choose, you will be doing for a good cause! Stand up and represent, your country needs you!

Patience, I must go now. Always know that my love for you is limitless.

I can’t text you roses, or fax you my heart. I’d email you kisses, but we’d still be apart. I love you to pieces, and just wish you’d see that I care for you so much because you mean the world to me.” Mahmoud El Hallab

Thank you Susan!


Dear Patience,

How are you? Have you adjusted to the cold? I miss you more everyday. JJ asked me why you went away, I told him you will call him. Make sure you do.
He says he wants a photo of you in Bulaya!

The rains have started again. Kampala is getting cooler by the day. of course, the sunshine does not give up easily. It gets its way always.
Today, I want to tell you about Susan.

The first time I met Susan was in July 2014. She was interviewing me for a job I badly needed. She was with her husband during the interview and I liked the way he let her take charge of the entire interview. From the many questions she asked me that day, only one remained in my head for a long time after. It is a question many prospective employers ask their would-be or soon-to-be employees. The question is”Where do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 or more years?”
I do not remember what my answer was to the question that day. However, I do remember that I was not prepared for the question (if anyone is out there and has a perfectly correct answer to the question, get in touch) and I was quite shocked. I stumbled back and back and forth and talked about my love for nature, food etc. Totally unconnected!

He has the perfectly correct answer!

He has the perfectly correct answer!

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I did get the job! In the course of my time at the company, Susan and I did discuss about my future plans both personally and professionally at length.
Very informative and fun-filled discussions we had. I must add that Susan is amazing at reading people. She knew my sad and happy moments effortless.
Patience, you must be wondering why I have started using the past tense. I will tell you. Susan left the company a few months ago. It was sad to see her go. I lost a boss (she hates being called boss). So I will rephrase, I lost a friend.

Susan, this is for you;

Thank you for being my boss and also my friend,
Thank you for all the advice and counsel you gave, I benefited a lot,
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me.

I wish you only the best that life has to give,
May you continue to infect those who meet with your radiance,
May you be more!

I wish you joy, love and happiness,
May the sun rise to meet you as you awake,
May God’s blessing keep you warm when the days turn grey.

Be more!

Thank you again!

Thank you again!

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Patience, when you meet Susan you will know that what I write is just an observation. She is beyond my description.

I love you Patience, I always will.

Month End Tales


I promised myself to continue blogging, Okay, that is not totally true. There are a couple of witnesses to testify to this. One of them is Loyd Lutara.

At the beginning of this month, I thought I could visit Mavuno Church. Unfortunately, I failed. I may have failed at many other things this month but this blog is not about regrets. I am thankful that I am still alive, strong and healthy. I made it. The beginning of new month is always a wonderful time for me. More so, this November is extra special.

On 1st November, my lover sister Denise will be graduating from Uganda Christian University. We can not heap enough warmth on her. She is special! 

Previously, I used to do monthly recaps of headline stories of the month. Not anymore. I believe that if a story gets to the headline of any daily, it will eventually reach your ears. In October, I discovered a wonderful blogger: http://kanyindo.blogspot.com/ She is an amazing writer.

I am afraid of bodabodas. I am terrified of bodabodas with very loud music and lots of bling aka pimped bodas – these are usually ridden by men high on whatever intoxicating substance that is available on the market. Word of caution: Avoid these! My fears go to a new level when I am in situation where I have to sit with another passenger on the bike. Let me tell you; there is nothing more uncomfortable than that. It gets worse if the other passenger is a fellow man.

 

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This is not correct! There should be a law forbidding this.

As the new month begins, decide to be happy and all will be well with you. Forgive yourself and forgive others. Be thankful for all that you have. It is a privilege.

Have an awesome month of November.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve“. –Napoleon Hill

PS: Remember 9th November 2013. It is going to be L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y!

 

The week that was…


This is a long overdue post. It was supposed to have been posted last week and then the rains started. Mr. Badru Kiggundu, that one of the Electoral Commission here in Uganda was generous enough that he pleaded with the government of Uganda to give us a public holiday on 14th March 2011. After a weekend of hard partying and lots of drinks, this holiday was more than welcome. The real reason was of this day was to give we, the people of Kampala to vote a new Lord Mayor. We have to choose from 6 contestants. If only they had played juke box then it would have been more entertaining and fun to watch.

According to the press men and women of this city….the voter turnout was very low.  Blame it on the alcohol! We knew we had a public holiday coming so we took the liberty to indulge ourselves. We drank till the bars were depleted of all forms of alcohol. When Monday came up, we could not even recall what the public holiday was about. Blame it on the alcohol!

My current employer has hired a new person of Asian origin. She spent most of Tuesday introducing herself.  More than half of the time, we had no clue whether she was making a statement of asking a question….it all sounded the same.

It is 22h40 and my Orange broadband has run out. Kenny G is entertaining me. I will have to post this tomorrow. I am supposed to be reading my Bible and here I am typing away. Today, I had major fallout with my current employer. She says she cannot stand my care-free attitude to life and work. When the boss stops speaking English….alarm bells go off!

It has been a tough week with the onset of the rains. Traffic jams are worse. I almost booked myself into a guest house on Wednesday after waiting for a matatu for about 3 hours in dark, cold and crowded Kampala.

Congratulations go out Mr. Erias Lukwago – the new Lord “read Rod”mayor. Big ups to the other contestants for conceding defeat honorably. We respect you.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”Zig Ziglar

Today is International Francophonie Day and the PiFF is holding its AGM.

Be part of one of these or both.

Have a terrific weekend!

A bit political…


I have been away from this space for too long again. I do not know what is happening. I used to have lots of inspirational stuff to tell you. Do you still remember some of them?

The East African Community embraced a common market early last month. Shortly thereafter, Burundi went to the polls, closed followed by the recently concluded referendum in Kenya.  This week the Rwandans exercised their rights by voting in a new president. We await the outcome of the Sudan and Zanzibar election early next year.

The Electoral Commisions have been pretty busy and they have done a tremendous job of keeping it peaceful. At least, no bloodshed was reported.

The Al-Shabab have promised another bomb attack on the capitla of Uganda and the police is more than ever on high alert.

Tomorrow, the late Godfrey L. Binaisa will be laid to rest. Please remember to say a prayer for him before you get too drunk to remember why you have a holiday.

Till the, God be with you!