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.)
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Tony Elumelu: I Owe My Success To Someone That Believed In Me.

I love stories. I seek to tell them too. Stories of people and their culture, their ups and their downs, stories about life, love, patriotism, solidarity and just about anything. Therefore when I received an invite to attend the #YouthConnektAfrica Summit, the first thought that came to mind was the opportunity to tell new stories. I was going to a new country and while there, I would come face to face with diversity.

Therefore I sought a camera… I needed to document these stories. And a camera I got.

I arrived in Rwanda Wednesday morning, I experimented with the camera about what settings it had and what shades were better when—(I am no photographer neither have I taken lessons for it..It is something that I love to do for leisure–however I am now considering getting lessons in this field).

By Thursday, the camera and I were well acquainted, charged and ready to collect stories to tell back home. I entered the red-carpeted pathway leading into the complex. I was taking random pictures, of people walking up the stairs and rumps, others taking a look at the exhibition area, capturing emotion and excitement, capturing activity and motion too. When my Spirit said those were enough for the time being, seeing that we had an entire day ahead and yet it was just 9:15am. I shut the camera and let it hang around my neck.

A few meters into the auditorium, a lady smiled at me. She stopped me;

  • Her: “Excuse me,
  • Me: Yes?
  • Her: Good-morning
  • Me: Good-morning to you
  • Her: Ummh.. Are you the lady photographer I am waiting for? I just spoke to you a while ago. She says this gesturing to her phone.
  • Me: No it isn’t I. (I shake my head negatively)..
  • Her: Oh.. Okay.. I will just wait on a little longer.
  • Me: Okay then.. Have a great day.

We exchange smiles as I walk away. I head right into the fully packed auditorium. There are people everywhere. Some seated, others standing, some speaking into the phone, others talking to their immediate neighbors. There are people everywhere. I walk in and take a seat next to a man that later introduces himself as Robert, he is from Tanzania—He owns an ICT firm there. I introduce myself too and request him to watch my bags for me. He says it is okay.

The stage/podium looks set. There are five empty white seats. The Emcee was up the stage a while back asking people to maintain order as the conference shall commence soon. I walk to the place where there are a plenty of more media persons with cameras and audio mics. I stand there.. At this moment, I am angling the camera, taking shots… Shooting away, some pictures come out too zoomed in, others too bad, others professionally raw.

While at this, a feel a tap on my shoulder. I turn to see who it is, it is the lady I spoke to earlier.

  • Her: Excuse me once again
  • Me: Yes?
  • Her: My name is Clari.
  • Me: Okay. My name is Cynthia
  • Her: I was waiting for a lady photographer that is supposed to take pictures of my boss but she unfortunately can not make it. Do you mind taking pictures of my boss?
  • Me: Ummhh.. Okay.. Who is your boss?
  • Her: He is one of the panelists. Tony Elumelu.
  • Me: Okay. (But I don’t know who Tony Elumelu is)
  • Her: Please get a few clips, pictures of him and what he says. Here is my card. How will I locate you?
  • Me: I will be here. And as you can see, I am the only one here dressed in a green dress…

We laugh about it. She thanks me for taking on the assignment.

I start taking pictures of who I thought was “Tony Elumelu”. Sadly, I later found out that who I thought was Mr. Elumelu was instead Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa.… as he gave the opening remarks (haha)

When Tony Elumelu was introduced by the moderator of the plenary,…. I froze… I then searched for the card the lady had handed me. She is the head of Brands, communications and marketing at Heirs Holdings!! Wooowww, how did this blessing locate me?

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So I gave my assignment my best energy, and I am glad the pictures came out stunning.

Later she asks how it went, and I tell her it all went amazing. She asks me to send her an email so we can chat more about the matter….

Here are a few take-aways from Tony Elumelu while at #YouthConnektAfrica

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Tony Elumelu in company of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina(President of the African Development Bank), Vera Songwe(Executive Secretary on the Economic Commission on Africa) and Diane Karusisi(CEO, Bank Of Kigali) answered to the question – How do we get to 50 million jobs by 2020?

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The soft spoken entrepreneur said that if we hope to get 50 million jobs by 2020, then we need to work together to create more entrepreneurs especially from among the youths. “The Tony Elumelu foundation realizes the importance of Youths to Africa. Therefore we identify, create and also mentor youths to become successful entrepreneurs to benefit Africa.” he stated.

“Africa needs to offer an enabling environment. There must be access to electricity, proper law structures and cross-border policies to enable free movement of goods among Africans. The goals we have set to have youths employed by 2020 require an integrated approach.” Tony Elumelu continued.

The young generation needs a lot of inspiration from their leaders. We cannot continue to fail our youth each day yet hope for a transformation of our continent. Young people are entering the job market, if we do not cater for them now, there is going to be insecurity not only in Africa but everywhere else in the world. Therefore as entrepreneurs, we need to support other budding entrepreneurs. This success is not only for an individual and his family but for Africa entirely.— Tony Elumelu

Mr. Elumelu further pointed out that if promoted, entrepreneurship and innovation among the youth can be an engine of social and economic transformation of Africa.

“I encourage young people in Africa to work hard and turn their entrepreneurial dreams into working businesses. African economies should create a conducive environment, and fix challenges like lack of access to finance, market and electricity, in order to enable the youth to exploit their talents,” he said.

He ended with this>> If we are serious about creating jobs in Africa, let’s come to the rescue of young African entrepreneurs. Tony Elumelu committed to mentoring young African entrepreneurs for the social economic transformation of Africa.

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Tony Elumelu is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. According to Wikipedia, he is worth US$700 Million. In 2010, Tony Elumelu launched the Tony Elumelu Foundation to spur Africa’s development through entrepreneurship and competitiveness.

In his words, he says– “As an entrepreneur myself, I understand what it feels like to yearn for a lifeline, to hope for a ‘big break’, to look forward to enjoying some luck. As a matter of fact, part of my own success is owed to someone that believed in me, and was prepared to invest in my talents and take a bet on my future. It is for this reason that I developed the economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions Africa’s private sector and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent. Based on this guiding philosophy, we have launched successful programmes and forged meaningful partnerships with stakeholders across the globe.”

“In 2015, I heralded the ‘Decade of the African Entrepreneur’ by committing $100 million, to the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme – the first of its kind and scale in Africa. Since then, our alumni – across all 54 African countries – have begun growing businesses and improving lives, contributing to our goal of empowering 10,000 entrepreneurs who will collectively create one million jobs and generate $10 billion in revenue.

We are committed to giving from the perspective of empowering the recipient, rather than making them dependent on us, because prosperity is assured only when ALL Africans are financially independent. My vision for the Foundation is to unlock the obstacles that Africa’s entrepreneurs face, so that they, rather than aid agencies or governments will spur the continent’s transformation.

At the end of our 10-year commitment, thousands of businesses will grow and flourish, driving sustainable prosperity across Africa. This is my vision. I invite you ALL to learn about what the Foundation does, what we hope to do and to discover what we can do together. In doing so, I am confident that we will achieve sustainable development in Africa.”— This is Tony Elumelu’s story, What are you doing to have more than 50 million Africans employed to enable a sustainable and self-sustaining continent??


 

Meanwhile, Clari mentioned that if I had trouble recognizing who he would be among the panelists, I should look out for “A red tie and Red Socks”.. Must be his signature dress-cord.

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P.S– I am honored to have been official photographer of Tony Elumelu on behalf of his team at the summit. He is a phenomenal man… Hand-claps for his life-changing works to the African continent.

Advice: Always carry a camera if you can, you never know who may need your help!!

AKON: We Have The Power To Change Africa’s Story.

At the recently concluded #YouthConnektSummit at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, youths from across the world gathered to grace this year’s conference themed: From Potential to Success.

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A big percentage of the youths in attendance expressed disgruntled remarks about their governments not being a helpful factor in supporting their innovations, ideas and projects. They argued that in the end, this has scored-up the number of the unemployed.

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The panelist that fervently answered this query was celebrated musician Akon, who got onto the stage amidst ululations, thunderous clapping and excitement. This Plenary session was the YouthConnekt Bridges: Diaspora, the 6th Region. In all honesty, I haven’t been keen to follow up on Akon’s expedites since his hit song “Lonely”. Therefore as the commotion escalated, with youths adjusting their zoom functions on their smart phones to have Akon appear in the same picture with them, while others stood up to have a good view of the legendary musician, now turned business man promenade his way into the room followed by a group of more panelists, I sat still wondering what he would say, would he be singing, rapping or whot?!!!

*I am quite sure the majority of the screams he got were because these youths loved him and what they had come to know about him—his music.

Therefore when Akon began to speak, not only were there audible sighs but unbelievable hand-claps… He ignited a listening silence within the complex from both the panelists and over 3000 youths in attendance.

Here are some of my take-aways from what Akon said at the #YouthConnektAfrica summit.

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“We (the youth) have to be the driving force to rebuild Africa. We cannot depend on governments to do it for us. Their job is to lay down the framework and make sure that there’s accountability for the things that we do,” he said.

“When I was growing as an entertainer, I said to myself, ‘I don’t want to be remembered for just singing and dancing.’ I had to figure out what I can do that will help create a legacy. It hit me in the middle of the first song when there was a sudden black-out,” Akon said while narrating how he came up with the idea of his solar company to power Africa.

Akon further said that Africa has a lot of potential now than ever before. “Not many black Americans wanted to be associated with Africa. You would ask one of them; Yo brother what country in Africa do you come from? and he would go like, No man, I don’t even know where that(Africa) is. However right now many black brothers are willing to speak about their African roots. That can only mean that whatever is coming out of Africa is worth identifying with.”

In regard to funding, Akon advised youths to be aware of what needs their projects shall fulfill before they seek funding. He emphasized this with examples of how he spent a great deal of time searching for funders, and all the while he was rejected until China believed in his proposal plans.

When he was through, I was charmed. You could sit through an entire five hours listening to Akon, he has intelligent ideas and execution plans. He said that what Africa needed now more than ever was unity and that if it were upto him, the continent  would be “The United States of Africa.”

We have the obligation to change Africa and the strength is on the inside of us. The better we start to feel about Africa, the more it shall become contagious else where. “We have the power to decide what the rest of the world should know about us, on our terms. We need more stories of heroism told about Africa and that is our collective responsibility.”

Here is a snippet of what he said–>

Joogoo’s Made It To My Blog!

Today morning, I was awakened by the persistent crow from Joogoo. Joogoo is a roaster. A neighbor’s roaster. Aside from the chairman, this roaster is the most famous. He walks very bossily, showing off streaks of feathers protruding from where he poops. His comb is a fiery red that stands out very boldly when he decides to adopt the crane’s pose.

His feathers are between black, brown, a shade of white and a bit of purple-ish reddish!! He belongs to Mr. Ssali.. Mr Ssali is something close to a farmer, its just that his kind loves to dig. You can tell a person that is doing it precariously and one that will carry his hoe on his shoulder with such pride–Like it is a new found blonde. He asks around to help dig gardens, trim compounds or just care for the banana plantations. He hates it when the garden is “shabby”, dry leaves about, banana fibers protruding just anyhow.

Everyone around home talks about Joogoo and it looks like hens equally want a share of him. He only chases after them for 30 seconds and they will be cloying under him. Mr. Ssali says Joogoo is a pirate of sorts-he has escaped death and kidnap several times. This he usually narrates to kids that attempt running after Joogoo.. They never get him and this has birthed in him a pride very nonsensical. It shows in how he walks, in how he stays put even when someone shows him he is unwanted in a particular place, it also shows in how he crows.. SMH

I am not one to mind Joogoo really because I mean, everyone else gives him such importance like he is kingly. Maybe I would mind as much if he were headless like the historic mike. And I think he has noticed everyone else accords him exaggerated importance but me.. So today’s morning, my alarm didn’t ring at the usual 5:30am and so I slept on until 6:25am but I woke up only because Joogoo crowed like it was the last day he was doing so. Beside my window, he went on and on and freakn on—I wondered whether he had flown over the perimeter wall, squeezed under the gate or just supernaturally found himself there. How in Heaven was he there?

He literally screamed so loud that I thought to myself “Mr Ssali needs to take time off and actually help Joogoo deal with his ego. It is eating him up, slowly he is becoming a nag. Somebody is going to send armed boda boda chicken after him and Mr. Ssali will lose his only companion”.

See Mr. Ssali will eat beans and greens all year long– these he asks from the owners of the gardens in which he digs) than slaughter his Joogoo. I am sure because Mr. Ssaali will not eat him, man people spend their days dozing out… Sleeping out.. Having one lazy day at their places of work!

But look at me writing a full post on Joogoo.. Guess he is famous after all because he made it to my timeline-both in narrative and his award-winning photo.

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This is Joogoo. I am sure his pride makes him think he can be a crested crane too!! He won’t run even when you come threateningly close to him!! This Chicken needs a DC!!

Tell Me About Your Prophet!

He who receives a Prophet in the name of a Prophet shall receive a Prophet’s reward~~Mathew 10:41

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My Prophet is Elvis Mbonye. I met or actually got to know about him way back in 2013. Those days, fellowship was hosted at Open House on Buganda road. My mom also got know about him through a friend and when she first went there, the worship took her to heaven. That was her turning point. Never again did she spend Tuesdays fwaa. She had received heavenly plot. So since her daughter was a fresher at Campus and was doing a lot of idling after lectures, she invited her(me) there. Fellowship,in this case the idea of church on a Tuesday didn’t seem fancy or even welcome. I didn’t want to be labeled “thou art soo holy”. So I came up with all sorts of excuses really.

Her next baits are ones that moved me actually. She said this fellowship was frequented by only corporate men and since we were now in the age to date officially, these men sold out to Christ would be an ideal choice(Insert laugh). When I shared this idea to my roommate and best-friend Daisy, her excitement almost blew our hostel roof off. Mom had equally said, every Tuesday, transport and any other miscellaneous charges were on her account. This was a great deal. So the next Tuesday, we were set to attend– to see these men and to get pocket money!!

When Daisy and I walked into open house the next Tuesday, the first thing that hit us was how our clothes didn’t fit in here.. My God, the people that came here were very corporately smart, legit and the English was more Britain than Ugandan. They even looked more taller which made us feel like midgets.. We stayed by the door a while until an usher walked toward us. She smiled so beautifully and asked “is it your first time to come fellowship with us?”, We affirmed. She then hugged us, handed us a bottle of mineral water each, envelopes and walked us to our seats. We felt like VIP. That is when the music started playing.. I have never felt so much heaven in one place… I wondered whether I was attending a jazz concert. This music was so good.. The kind that you only find at pompous concerts and tea parties. But here it was in church!! As a lover of such music, this was the bit my heart was first wooed into this unusual atmosphere.

In walked Prophet.. He took a seat at the front as the choir carried on in high praises and later worship. In all honesty, when Prophet preached first, I didn’t get a thing. People around me laughed at jokes I either didn’t get or didn’t find funny.(Like I missed it like that).. Meanwhile, Daisy had a strong bias. This is a story she even no-longer wants to tell… Like how???

We came not very often, only on days when we wanted that financial boost from mom. We got into service halfway the sermon and in a few minutes, Prophet would conclude. And off we would go.. No word whatsoever. Just a tad more rich to buy promotional pizza. We spent a whole semester void of this place.. We weren’t buying into any profusely tongue-speaking people… However, the next time we went, fellowship had shifted to Labonita and the number of people in attendance had increased. When Prophet preached that day, we wanted more. Back at hostel, we mediated on how silly we were to have spent the time we spent upholding ego and naivety. So when next Tuesday came, we scampered to Labonitah. The numbers of people attending started sky-rocketing. The word every Tuesday became bread so it didn’t matter whether we sat on the stairs or in the carpeted corridor.. (We hoped for a prophesy from the Man of God).

Since then, I don’t remember ever missing Zoe fellowship. (Well save for the times, Internship in Gulu called–those school things!!)

What are some of the things that intrigue you about Prophet Elvis?

His lifestyle…. My God, you should listen to his kind of inconveniences!! 

His laugh… I could hear him laugh and I would go on a roll… His jokes…. My God his jokes are spiritually funny. Like you will laugh with no conviction whatsoever.

I am equally intrigued by how he has sought the face of God diligently without letting obstacles deter him and every Tuesday, he is sharing a principle on how to get intimate with God. Over time we have seen leaders of spiritual institutions keep to themselves certain principles to live a fully satisfied life—maybe because they think when they exhaust everything, their flocks will then leave them but like Daisy likes to say—‘If you know your spiritual stand with God, why should you be worried about people leaving your church? Like why would you care about numbers unless you are motivated by stagnation and selfishness?”

The reason people love Prophet Elvis(ohh yeah, you have no option but love Papa) is because long before, people have been looking for a deeper perspective of who God is and lo and behold—God anoints a man that shall be/is his mouthpiece.

I like when he boasts.. See boasting is not bad,, depends what about or in whom you boast!! I have learnt to boast about the things God does whether for me or the people around me.. Like yeahh… My life is on a another level because I know who I am and whose I belong to.

How has prophet Elvis Changed your life?

First off, I shall state that he is my Spiritual father… Now as a child, you learn by imitation and who better to imitate than a man that has coffee talks with our savior?(If I may put it).

Before Prophet Elvis, I read the bible for religion’s sake. I am quite sure the angels rolled their eyes and told me I was missing the point(Which of-course I couldn’t hear)..Like the scriptures Prophet reads now, I HAVE READ BEFORE but my God!! I missed the revelation they carried. All that while.. It is baffling how he will explain a scripture that you read before… Like my God—I want this kind of spirituality.

I could write forever about my spiritual father because I love him very much♥♥.. he is a gift… And gifts are not to be taken lightly…. My story can’t be written without entangling it to his. I love God♥♥♥♥ with an obsession only known to him and I. It is a good feeling to be in love and its most rewarding if it is with the Lord God most high.

People that bring an impact that forever changes your life are worth celebration and today, being his birthday, I thought back to how I met this man that is very unapologetic about the anointing he carries because this very anointing is shaking the city that once reeked of religiousness or should I say “spiritual” hypocrites that are against the very revival they prayed for!!… For more insight, refer to Prophets and Prophesy and Does The World Need Prophets?

Happiest Birthday to My Prophet Elvis Mbonye. I celebrate Him today!!

Ah me my life is no-longer one of fwaaa…. Everything, I see with the spiritual eyes and this is like the coolest thing ever… I am Heaven’s Spectacle. The very Remnant Of God.

P.S–>> Hi Reader, tomorrow fellowship is on at Kyadondo Rugby grounds, .. bYE!!♥♥♥♥♥

Does The World Need Prophets?~Part 2

In my opinion yes! Very, very much.

The scripture in Ephesians 4: 11 (KJV)says–And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. ! So yes, if they are mentioned in the scriptures, then Prophets have a role to play in the lives of people.

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Like I stated in Prophets and Prophesy, Prophets have revelatory abilities. The Prophet’s office is one of the chiefest because they are men of marvelous wisdom. They reveal that which the Lord intends for a nation, a city and a person.

Prophets in the old age revealed what was to come and saved nations and people’s lives. This statement does not in anyway disqualify the prophets of this new age. If you have been blessed enough to hear from a prophet, you will see that whatever they prophesy, unto people, those things happen.

What if you had chance to know what would happen to you tomorrow, would you?

I have encountered people that do not want anything to do with prophets because these men with the gifting to see past, present and future will reveal secrets they want hidden. True… If you had the ability, possibly someone’s negative side would come to you but is that what the call to prophesy is about?

First off, God never intends doom. Never!.. When a prophesy about an unfortunate event is given, usually it is because God has bestowed upon us a power to change that fate or that it may act as a warning, a sign. If anything, Prophesies qualify Jeremiah 29:11.

Prophets edify, exhort and comfort. And these are the very characters of God. God will not approach you with “I know what you did last summer” on the contrary, God approaches you in Love. He knows what you did but he decides to overlook it. (If you could acquaint yourself to the story of Cain and Abel. God approached Cain in Love, comforting him~ well this was before he killed Abel).

Can you imagine the God that knows all affairs of earth knew that Adam and Eve would eat of the forbidden fruit but still decided to create them? That same God came to meet Adam after the fall and asked him, “Adam where are you? Why do you hide from me? God knew what they had done but he didn’t dwell on it too much so that the very fellowship he had with them wouldn’t fade away. Unfortunately Adam and Eve, like all people distanced themselves away from God. They forgot the relationship with God and treated him with fear. Isn’t this what we do with most prophets?

To know your future helps you align with the path of life that leads you there. A prophet prophesied the killing of J.F Kennedy. This prophet reached out to him but like all people that do not believe in prophesy, he took it lightly and like the details she had tried to relay out to him about his death, all these came to pass—same day!

Prophets are supposed to bring you to a mutual footing with God. Prophets like clouds, tell the changing of seasons. Like I stated in Part 1, the men that came before pertaining to be “prophets” tainted this office and now every man that comes with prophetic abilities, whoever says they met with Jesus, we are quick to call them false.

God’s news is always good news pertaining to His people. He created us in His image, there is no way He would bring doom to us~~~therefore anything that contradicts this fact is a lie. 


 I would love to hear from you, Does the world need prophets? Do you need a prophet in your life? 

Prophets and Prophesy~~Part 1

Who is a prophet?

Often times, people have indulged me with this question and I always shared, a prophet tells prophecies and usually the question that follows is, “how different is a prophet from a pastor?” In the past, I got away with a lot of ummh and you knows but I have come to learn of this difference and please if you may, take a seat as I share my findings.

A prophet has revelatory abilities. He reveals what is to happen in the future. The difference between a prophet and fore-tellers or psychics is that a prophet is the visible voice of God(he/she speaks the mind of God). The latter people(psychics/fore-tellers), I don’t know their tricks… They aren’t my target people.

You realize that in these days, it is hard for people to believe in prophecy or the people ordained prophets(even church leaders) because the people that assumed this title before either conned people dry or all they did was usher out a bunch of declarations>> This explains why people ask as to whether there is a difference between prophets and pastors.

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A prophesy is way different from a declaration. To say that “I will be rich in future” is a declaration. For a servant of God to tell you that God recognizes your talent in say writing and says that you should focus on it because it is going to take you places is a prophesy”.

I once was submitted under a pastor who amongst the many growing fellowships in town, warned that we should be careful about them because they were cults. However one thing that he stated that still rings as advise to some of the decisions I make was “Give things time, only time can prove if things are truthful. You wouldn’t want to be on the side that is fighting a revival that God intends—1 Corinthians 4: 5. It stuck! And I must state that time has proved certain things. There are just some people who think have a discerning spirit but what they really have is an overly suspicious mind. Like you see things unfold, things even an unbeliever will call miracles unfold but you still decide to let your suspicion blind you. 

Christians have adopted the habit of reciting scriptures without interfacing with the God behind the scriptures~~ “I have the mind of God, the power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me” but the only description we would give an assessment of their lives is limitations, they hold back…

Now if I may ask, which physical power could raise a dead person to life unless that power be spiritual and supernatural? Which God (the same one that just snapped his fingers, said let there be and creation fell in place) can be limited? Like this God only appears whilst you are in church but shouldn’t meddle in your relationships or latrine business (sadly, some people haven’t acknowledged the fact that God is really omnipresent~~ he is everywhere.. Watching all you do, when you are pooping, when you are praying, when you are eating more pork than you need, whatever you do (Even the things that I haven’t mentioned but are definitely running through your mind,, hehe Yes.. he is present).

The prophetic fraternity has been mired with counterfeits. And the book written by my spiritual father, Prophet Elvis Mbonye clarifies this more. In the book Let the prophets speak, he writes “ counterfeits or fake things are more like the truth. The evil one seeks to taint the evil things with beauty so that Christians can be swayed from the truth”. We spend so much time trying to identify what is right and what is false!

In one of the sermons while we were still at Imperial Royale Hotel, the Prophet said if I may paraphrase, everyone has an agenda. Everyone has a kingdom they represent. Through someone’s speech, you can know unto who their loyalty is. A prophet pursuing God’s agenda will definitely point you to the God they serve whilst the “false prophet” will say and do everything to point you to the god they equally serve.

Yesterday, I went to an office.. I had taken a file to be signed/stamped. The secretary to this big shot had her radio on and she had tuned into one of the radio stations of a one “Pharisee”.. Ehhh… My God!! My spirit rioted. Who boldly speaks the way that man spoke? I spent a full 10 minutes and this very man was explaining how demons rule, he even stated Muyenga people have a demon of lugezigezi (what is this in English?), some places he gave the spirits of divorce, smelly shoes, what what… He kept going on and on. In this sermon, the light who is Jesus wasn’t shined. Not a mention of him. Just a mukama yebazibwe amidst all these telltales… Jesus must be sad for sure!! Well I am aware these things exist because scripture says, we wrestle not against blood and flesh but against principalities and spiritual forces but what about acknowledging the man who gave us the power to trample all of them?.

 If God is the same yesterday, today and forever will be, if that God spoke through his prophets in days before, what makes these days different?

Someone once mentioned that when Adam and Eve sinned, It felt like that was the last time God would speak to man but lo and behold, minutes later, God made clothing for Adam and Eve, He spoke to them and to even their children!! So what makes you think or argue that God can’t speak through his servants? Through you?

Kale Bye… Until the next episode about prophets and prophesy… 

Do you believe in Prophesy?