May 28, 2013

Monthly Friday Night Proggie: Movie Nights @ACME

Here to kwanjula a great initiative by the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME).

On the last Friday of every month, the centre shows a journalism/media/activism-related movie, followed by an interesting discussion on issues raised. Past movies included Shattered Glass and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

This Friday, 5 Broken Cameras.

Entry and popcorn (and if they’re feeling generous, drinks) are free.

So that is my kalango and kwanjula. It will be worth your time.

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May 7, 2013

Tonight’s Forecast

Sorry. I’m a broken record.

Forecast

May 3, 2013

Ethereal

Rabindranath Tagore:

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.

Sigh

April 20, 2013

Hit me up in 9,751 days

Hi. My name is Tumwijuke. I live under a rock.

I’ve just be informed, nay guaranteed, that I’ll be an attractive single, wealthy, healthy pensioner. It’s been sewed-up, sealed and certified. Good times ahoy! Well. In 9,751 days.

From the mouth of babes …

Uganda Vision 2040: It’s a sure deal for our future!

Modern hospitals, many jobs, clean cities, RICHES, good roads …

We shall all be winners!

Yeah!

No, really. It is that simple.


And this …

More five star hotels in all parts of Uganda by 2040 …

Less congestion in cities of Uganda by 2040 …

A rich country with a strong convertible currency …

Ahem.

Plentofminroz

Freshi wohta

Plentof fahtile laaand

With these investments, backed by possitive (sic) atitudes (sic), political will and commitment, this Uganda Vision 2040 shall be achieved.

We shall all be winners!

Yeah!

Of course you can get a different view from Daily Monitor‘s Daniel Kalinaki, from his column this week: Forget Vision 2040; Give Me Vision 2016 or Give Me Siasa

Down at the pensioners’ island paradise, we’ll laugh at his cynicism and short-sightedness and he won’t be allowed onto our yacht.

April 20, 2013

A Celebratory Condemnation of Superficiality and Swagg

It is so uninventive of me to enter this echo chamber to gripe about superficiality. After all, my lack of depth is the reason this blog exists.

Still, ngaha, New Vision. No.

To quote the primary audience of you awful teen magazine, Swagg, “I have jaw.”

Never read Swagg in the Saturday Vision? Let me school you.

ImageSwagg is little more than a random photo gallery of social events from elite schools in two or three towns around Uganda.  Attempts are made to spice up the mediocre centre spread with picture captions that are totally bereft of wit and imagination and every accompanying joke falls flat.

But really, I have no problem with second-rate photos of entitled teens enjoying social events at schools at which, I admit, I studied. Seeing yourself in the media, I’ve been told, is a great way to connect with them in the future. It’s frail cheap marketing opportunity to a generation that can read, but won’t.

Not even the bad humor annoys me. It’s everything else that gets my goat.

With no hint of irony, today’s Swagg listed the “Weakest jobs in UG.” I read the article twice, in case I had missed the twist in the story. I hopelessly searched for something, anything to let me know it was another bad joke.

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Fortunately or unfortunately, most of you are in school. It’s just one of those things society just forces on us … So as yet another public service, I present to you the jobs you should avoid. Here are the most suicidal jobs in Uganda.

Why Swagg? Why? Continue reading

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April 19, 2013

Nihil Sub Sōle Novum

It is easy to get all aquiver with excitement over the stories published and broadcast somewhere in the world everyday heralding Africa as the next big thing. Our time has come!

Alas.

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done.”

From Nazi author, Karl Hänel, in Vom Sudan zum Kap (1939):

Africa is the last place which is still open to Europe. Its economic importance can scarcely be overestimated … It is the last economic leveling place … that can provide for us the riches for which we have set up our economy and which will not again give up without a fight.

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And there is no new thing under the sun.

(Translation hat tip to Kai K. Gutschow whose paper on Ernst May’s Kampala Plan I am currently reading.)

April 19, 2013

It’s a New Season

Something in the sky spoke to me today.

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March 31, 2013

Dark Ages

Nietzsche knew what he was talking about apparently.

Perhaps I’ll find my salvation here.

Possibly, perchance, conceivably …

Because it’s getting dark again.

August 16, 2012

Obama Girl?

In the impoverished township of Teberebie, Ghana on the outskirts of the AngloGold Ashanti mine.

August 15, 2012

Kwanjula: A New Art Festival Comes to Uganda

For more information visit: Weaverbird Art Uganda

Weaverbird was also profiled by the Start Journal of Arts and Culture. The article is available here.

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