Talk To Me About Your January

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Hello beloved,

How are you? Thank you for taking a stroll here today.

How is January going for you? Is it one jolly ride or a snail fracas?? This is January for me!!

The Prodigal Customer!!

I had planned not to have the Rolex this month, but like my shallow pockets decided, I did. Last Friday, I just could not afford that fancy chicken Luwombo at Finex’s Restaurant or that cozy desert served at Seven Seas Restaurant. So I walked up to my Rolex guy’s stand the moment I alighted from the taxi. He looked at me, his mouth agape and after a while, I decided break the silence with “gyebaleeko sebbo“. In reply he said— Nga ombuuzeeko, mbadde manyi toli nam’ Uganda eno (translated as, I haven’t seen you in a while, I thought you are not in the country). I smiled gawkily and before i could order, he said leero otwala Chapati billi ne amagi ku bill yange(today you shall take with you a Rolex made of two eggs and two chappatis on my bill). The shock, the inner happiness and the exhaling knowing a miracle however small, happened right before my eyes— If I should add, it is not everyday you meet such souls and therefore this is really me glad I was the prodigal customer whom the Rolex man welcomed back with open hands..

Why’s January so long?

My face scrunched up in shock just last week when I got an alert. In the middle of one of those conversations, a friend mentioned “We have only been a full two weeks into the year??” I have usually regarded people that say January has an entire “360 days” as ridiculous but I might as well agree… 2 Weeks?? People I feel like I Have lived 3 months into this new year; And it is not that it is getting hard in any way whatsoever but honestly…… 2 weeks???

But then, don’t mind me.. That is just my freckled mind and I. Father in Heaven, I thank you for thus far we have gotten into the year!!

Goals and Baskets

So what is it about this year, first off, I am very excited for the kind of posts that will be appearing(featured) here. I feel that the Lord has somewhat placed within me a deep need to expound relationships and the depression that comes from some of them.

We will be reading stories of the people that have walked that path and also getting to know what solutions they offer on how to be happy, content and maintaining a positive outlook on our environments.

I would like to leave a sense of wonder on what to expect from this blog this year, but you can get to suggesting so that we are partly in-charge of the plot twists this year, 2018..

P.S– As long as it is still January, HAPPY NEW YEAR PEOPLE!!

  1. Talk to me about your January or what you think your year’s going to be like
  2. Speak to me about what kind of posts would you like to read
  3. What topics would you be interested in reading here?

For all feedback, I thank you!!

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It’s The New Year!!

 

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The year’s started out, I actually mean to scream— “It is 2018 People”. It is exciting for the fact that we have yet another chance to perfect the art we started painting last year, but even much better, Start Over on A fresh page. 12 Months of lessons, challenges and wins. It is like taking that “amazing race challenge” where you have to wade through mud, below sharp edged fences trying to avoid any scratches and finally make it to the finish in time. Does it matter whether you get there first? May be but mostly maybe not. What really matters are the lessons you receive while the challenge pushes you to tears, to giving up, to straining some muscles and deep scars that will always evoke a pain.

This year is basically about start overs. Failed attempts are never what they seem. Failure has lessons attached to it, hurtful losses and painful experiences however, Success they say, comes from several attempts at failing. Maybe it is true and maybe it is not. Whatever the case—- START OVER!! 

Competition enables growth, but the moment you miss a stair intended to elevate you just so you can be at the same level as someone else is venom in itself.. Missing a stage in your metamorphosis is a definite fall that will influence stagnation at your work place, home, relationships,…..name it.

Always have it ingrained in your memory that, a missed step is a lesson unlearned. Live through your life’s journey, do not be intimidated. Be a tortoise where you need to, and a cheetah when the time calls for it. Ask to learn from the answers offered even when you risk being regarded a fool—it will only last a few minutes. Walking away with an uncertainty will make you a fool for a very long time, if not forever.

SAIL THROUGH 2018 WITH EASE AND GRACE.


I would like to find out what you look forward to this year. Comment below, share tips you think we should hold onto for a magnificent 2018 ..     

 

All I Ever Wanted Was You

I have been stuck up in the corner of my mind the entire day

Afraid of wandering because I am sure away from it, I will find you

Before I knew you, I had solace to myself

Never worrying about things that seemed mediocre to my mind

Sadly now, all I have to myself is a corner

You have the entire part of my thought process

Is that fair? Is it?

My mind tells me it shall pass.

It has learned to digest this because well, all my friends have said so

And yet I am not sure

I have never been unsure all my life

All I am now is a wreck, wondering whether I have right to think the way I do..

All I ever wanted was you… And I got a clone of you😭

Crashed

I decided to take on a challenge in your absence

This is much lesser than what I anticipated I would do on a day like this 6months later

I promised not to think very often of you and yet you are what my thoughts crave for

Maybe I should be moving in a direction opposite but you are my early morning coffee beckoning me

I am fully aware that opposite roads always have a junction

It may not be at the first stop, neither may it be after a year

I know however, that we will end up meeting someday

And I will have my eyes glued on you like you are a visual magnet

You will hear my heart beat like it ran a marathon

At that point, you will know my fears, you will know I want you still as much more than I did then

At your sight, I will wonder how life has been to you; fair, nasty, great or excellent

The sight of you will make me wonder whether I made the right choice walking away from the fire that still burned on the inside

Or worse, it will cross my mind—that dreaded curiosity

On who warmed your bed while I was away soul-searching

Would she be of light-skin or black. They say black is beauty and I know it is your favorite

But I also know that while we were together, you stared at fairer girls

Whose skin you made me envy—sometimes they were slightly Hamisa’s tone

But still you stared as though oblivious I watched you

And while you did—you took my heart with you

See I am now over you like the burger I had the day we went bungee-jumping

Memories of you are etched in a file that is almost facing delete

And yet I know almost doesn’t count… it never counts

I almost caught the bus the night we broke up

You didn’t believe me because you thought I was out cuddling with the guy whose eyes were beautiful

But if it counts, I almost caught that bus

The bus in which I saw over the news crashed.

I still wonder why you held bitterness after you got to know the bus I was supposed to catch to meet you, crashed

But perhaps you wanted me out of your life long before I knew you did

And that more than anything, crashed me more than that bus could ever have!!

She was vulnerable when it came to him… He had crashed through her universe, kissing her soul— N. R. Hart

 

Highlights From The 5th Annual Hotels and Restaurants Expo!

The past weekend, I was over at the 5th annual Hotels and Restaurants Expo at Hotel Africana. The event is organised every year as a unique platform for awarding all hotels, in different capacities, recognizing their contribution to both the Tourism sector and Food industry.

When I was assigned to cover the event on behalf of the team, I was ecstatic; for many reasons but the most important being “Food”. I love diversity and there is nothing that best describes that like food. We have thousands of foods from each of the regions here in Uganda and display of all these was what I was hoping for.

For the most part, this particular food event did not go as I anticipated. There was a lot left to learn for its organizers. I did speak to a few exhibitors about what they thought about the event and they expressed disappointment.

Miriam, Director of Signature hotel in Jinja said ” I have been to different hotels and restaurants expos across the world but I am very letdown by our own. Where are the people? She asked. We have been here 3 days and the only clientele coming in are the ones who have come to access the restaurant. 

Another exhibitor said that the organization was done abashedly and the public was not given much time to let the expo sink in as such a great idea to attend.

In my view, the event was not given much publicity, you do not hide a social event from the public and expect a turn up. Also there was not a collide of performances to grace the event. They could have had a headlining international chef or performance. This always attracts the crowds.

However despite the loopholes, there were some really graceful experiences that could be a foundation for next year’s edition. Allow me to indulge you with some pictures!!

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Two women, one totally okay with flaunting her body and another not bold enough.. Beyond that, they are both African!!

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Give me a bouquet of rose colored petals and we could make love throughout the night~~Anonymous

Meat on skewers, in aluminium foils roasting away on mesh were one of the sights lined up at the expo. The businesses that made the most money were those that decided to take their chefs out of the Kitchens right into their exhibition grounds. I didn’t really plunge in because my craving was not chicken neither was it meat!!

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As an event sponsor, I received a certificate for it… A guy I am thankful for took the picture!! 

 

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Signature Hotel in Jinja put on quite a lavish display!

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The cook-off judges.. 

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What do chefs talk about when they gather?? That I left for you to imagine!

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Back in my high-school, I pursued the cooking course–Home Economics, there is a beauty in laying out your cooked products than there is in trying to cook them all in a given time!

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Beauty!!

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Cherry decorated beds oozing love were equally present at the expo!!

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Not butterscotch, neither is it velvet.. This is the Black Forest… I can already taste it on my tongue!

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Table Lay out…

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Centre pieces done by Hotel Africana

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Looking for Art and Souvenirs, Uganda is the only place you will get them in Plenty!

Sarah Blick(in black dress)– A chef at Hotel Africana walked away with a brand new  Hisense 42 inch screen. She was more excited than any I have seen. She lost her words, lost her sanity(just for a while haha) and almost cried. She was privileged to have her Mentor, Mariam Bachu who was ecstatic for her win.

Ojara Brian, a chef at Shangri-La hotel emerged the best throughout the competitions. He was awarded 2 million shillings and a fully paid trip to Brussels. He is not the kind to scream or jump but you could see in the way he kept smiling!!

He is very laid back however I managed catch a slight interview with him.. Watch below

 


I would like to hear your opinions, this is my first photo filled blog post and the photos were taken by myself. Same can be said about the edits!!

Thank you!!

Brown Skin

Today I met the Brown skin
I call her that because it was what she was known by back when I knew her
Brown skin and I went to the same church
She was the light that filled most boys’ nights
And the reason most girls wore envy as a garment
She had all the handsome, masculine and well framed men under her whimsical
Acting like dogs would at the sight of a chicken bone
We on the other hand had the chaff; smitten, beaten and weak
The kind that would frail on cold mornings and sneeze more than whales
We held onto these weaklings’ hands, mostly dissatisfied but appreciative of their advances
Unfortunately, our necks remained craned to the men we wished to have
The men Brown skin treated like dots

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Overtime, we grew up, moved on and forgot these men whose fiery glances toward Brown Skin tore at our hearts
Our prayers changed to “Father in Heaven, we thank you for the unanswered prayers”
We realized we didn’t get them then but we were in a better place to make them wish they had invested in where their eyes were not
More often we went off singing Hallelujah and winking at Karma like “You are loyal bish”
We were happier than Jack and Jill on their way up the hill after we met their glutton looking bodies
We were more confident than Red Ridinghood when we realized they no-longer had effect in the affairs of our hearts
Oh the relish.

Forgive me, I tend to lose myself in too much thought
Let us get back to where we began
Oh yes, I met Brown skin and there was something oddly odd about her
She had lost a glow; both her own and her maker’s
She looked worn out, hard stretched and flustered at her 22
She had slew long before the world caught onto the slay queen trend but now she looked slain
In my bell bottom jeans, faded maroon tank top and fish open shoes, I couldn’t be compared with her.. I looked far better
She had tonnes more skin and age
Just one look at her and I knew what the cause was.
Just one look!!

Brown Skin was not jolly as she was before
She had long lost her spark
She had gotten comfortable
Heeding not the gospel of levels
You don’t stay in the same place for too long and expect to remain relevant
And just like that, the boys had come and gone same as the men
Coming and leaving like seasons
Enjoying her smile and hearty chuckle and later finding agitation when her dimples showered the sides of her temples
Had she soared, had she moved, she would have found inspiration from someone else
Possibly even finding a mentor to guide her through her life’s purpose
Maybe she would still have attracted all the men to herself because her glow would only have gotten stronger and better
Maybe we would still be jealous of her
But then she would be in a better place with a better outlook on life
But she stuck to the same, to what she knew
Scared of taking a step into the waters; fearing that she may drown

No this is no memorial message to Brown Skin
As a matter of fact, she is alive and maybe well; living life as the young people would say nowadays
She just looks faded as the black cloth you last let go
She looks drained, thirsting for more and not knowing where to get it from
Feeding on Inspiration and motivational speeches from “Servants” that have forsaken the words that give Life.
These servants are just not speaking to dead minds, they are influencing decisions
Her soul dies everyday but her Spirit was long buried
Under the clamp of man’s ideas—Religion
Oh give me a glass of wine, I am not jealous of Brown skin anymore— I drink because she has deliberately veiled herself
I sympathize with her but I pray for her more
In my bell bottom jeans, I write about Brown Skin
For the first time today, she didn’t say “Hmmm, she stretched out her hand in polite greeting!!


End: This is just not any poem… If you read to the end, I would like to hear/read your thoughts😊😐.. Thank you!

JACK MA: I see Huge Potential In Africa’s Youths.

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At 2:30pm on Friday, 21st July, Jack Ma made an entrance into a fully packed hall at the Kigali convention centre. He was flanked by Asian comrades dressed in perfectly straightened suits, carrying bags and tech savvy gadgets. These Asian comrades, I later found out were Chinese Billionaires too(Your association circle defines who you are). This was at the just concluded #YouthConnektAfrica summit and the wait to listen to Jack Ma was a session most delegates had anticipated.

His opening statement on African soil was; I have not come to Africa to sell Chinese products, there are already quite a lot of them here. I come to empower African entrepreneurs to create their own Alibaba platform.

During the “Spotlight with Jack Ma” session which was moderated by Julie Gichuru, Jack Ma spoke prudently about businesses, career decisions as well as youths being the engine that will drive Africa towards globalization to realize its entrepreneurial potential.

Here are a few things I managed jot down as he spoke to us during the session.

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If you are hiring, Hire a person that is more intelligent than you are. Hire the person you think would be your employer in 5 years.

Have a global vision and do it the local way. Think big and think the future.

We don’t own our policies; other people’s policies own us.

We cannot waste the lessons learned the hard way. Look out for stories on failure, there is something to learn from them.

Conquer the boarders. We are not different. We shouldn’t let boarders limit us from doing business

Today is difficult, tomorrow is more difficult but the day after is more beautiful

Jack Ma philosophy:  In business, first comes the Customers,  second the employees, and third are the shareholders. When the first two are happy, shareholders are happy too. Spend most of your time on your customers and not your competitors. Customers help advertise your business for you that it helps you beat your competitors.

Focus on the 3Qs that lead to success:

  • IQ=Smart=Know what you want,
  • EQ=Wise=Know what you don’t want
  • LQ=Love=Be passionate

The third world war should be the war against poverty and disease

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”

 If you want to be big company, solve big problems. if you want to be small company, solve small problems.

The difference between young people and old people is this; Young people think about tomorrow while old people are always thinking about yesterday.

If you want to change the world, change yourself first. This is more important and easier.

Please notice that everything that whatever comes out from his abundant speech is a quote..

“Alibaba’s greatest success is hinged on youths and women. Youths have hope and eagerly take on challenges whereas the women tend to think about others more than they think about themselves. If you empower these two groups of people, then you will be successful.” Jack Ma emphasized

Jack Ma on whether he intends to have Alibaba in Africa said “We cannot bring Alibaba to Africa; Africa should build its own Alibaba. I see huge potential in Africa’s youths, No matter how big your vision is, you have to start small”.

“Africa has to start thinking of Globalization, selling things to other African countries, the future of E-commerce in Africa is much bigger than in Europe, bigger than in America, also don’t wait for government to build infrastructure before you start, If you wait for everything to be okay before you start, that means the opportunities are already gone.” he continued

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When the plenary session on which Jack Ma appeared with Rwandan President H.E Paul Kagame, UNCTAD Secretary General, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi came to a close, there was chance for journalists and media to have a session with the Alibaba group boss and Dr Mukhisa Kituyi. Here is where I had a mini-interview with Ma..

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Me: You have visited Rwanda and Kenya and you mentioned earlier that you intend to invest in the African continent; is two countries out of 52, sample space enough for you?

Jack Ma: Two countries are not enough. This trip is a learning trip. I visited Kenya and Rwanda because of the development and entrepreneurial growth taking place in those two countries. I intend to have my team come back to do a pilot study as well as work closely with our contacts in Africa.

Me: What is the difference between Information technology and Digital technology? Aren’t these phenomena replacing manual labor?

Jack Ma: The world is transforming from IT(Information technology) to Digital technology. The more we embrace digital technology and not feel like it is taking away our jobs, the more accomplished work we can do. And in the end, create new jobs as well.

Me: What is your take on Entrepreneurship in Africa?

Jack Ma: I am impressed by the passion of entrepreneurship in Africa. I have traveled across the world and most people I have met are either scared for or worried about the future. However, the people in Africa have confidence in the future. Africans have passion and ideas.

Some of the projects Jack Ma announced to start in Africa.

*Under project number one – 200 African young entrepreneurs are to work at Alibaba headquarters with the aim of gaining experience in fields including; e-commerce, Artificial intelligence and Internet to develop their businesses when they return to Africa

**The Second Project – Alibaba group will work with Universities in Africa and governments to train specific courses including; Internet, Artificial intelligence, and e-commerce.

***Third Project —  will be a partnership between Alibaba and Paradise Foundation of china – this project will deal with promoting and supporting Environmental conservation efforts in Africa especially protecting elephants and other precious animals. A prize will be given to 50 rangers for the next ten years to thank them for their tireless efforts in conservation.

****Fourth project, Jack Ma pledged to invest in youth to show his confidence in Africa. He will invest $10 million in the African Entrepreneurship fund to support young entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

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What will baffle you about Jack ma; Asia’s richest man.

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  • He was rejected at Havard university for 10 times.
  • When KFC first came to China, 24 job applications were submitted. 23 people got jobs apart from him.
  • He learned English by going to a local hotel that hosted tourists every day so that he could meet people. He also bought a radio so that he could listen to the English broadcast.
  • After he graduated, he got a job as an English teacher, making about $12(UGX. 43,200) a month at a local university.
  • He first shared the idea about Alibaba group with 16 people in his sitting room. Jack Ma told everyone to spare all the money they had and invest it in the idea he shared with them. He told them the project was likely to fail, but if they succeeded, the rewards would be unimaginable.
  • According to Forbes, Jack Ma’s net worth is 35.4 billion USD( I honestly will not calculate this into UGX.)