Out and about Uganda: Busika Extreme Adventure Park

Guest blogged on oleebranch.com

You’ve all heard about Ninja Warriors or at least watched the series on Television. Those ones that get you cracking up, at how easily someone can fail to overcome a ‘simple’ challenge and end up in a pool of water. Ninja Warriors are synonymous with Asia, Japan to be more specific.

Well, we have an epic version of Ninja warriors in Uganda. You’ve got to have ninja traits and be an adventurous kind to attempt it, else you fall in ‘Air’. There is no water below to waste on you. So you hang in air until someone comes to your rescue. I am not kidding, I mean it. You will be there hanging about fwaaa until Badru or another trainer comes for you. Read more

Sports among Sabiny may end Female Genital Mutilation

“Kapchorwa” for many Ugandans is synonymous with Olympics or running, simply because it is home to some of the greatest runners that Uganda has ever produced to compete internationally. Yet the same Kapchorwa is associated with Female Genital mutilation (FGM) since it’s home to the Sabiny. Almost every girl in Sabiny land has been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a teenager, and those growing-up will have to face the blade as they approach their puberty if the practice is not completely out-lawed. Read more

Uganda short of 3000 midwives

“I was inspired into midwifery when my cousin sister lost her first child during child delivery, she labored for so long and no one was there to help her. When she got pregnant again, I helped her deliver but got stranded when I had to get rid of the placenta. I had never delivered a mother before, but I was determined to save my cousin’s baby. These were the words of Joyce, a young Karamojong woman now training in Mid-wifery.

My inspiration came from a personal bad experience with a mid-wife, when I gave birth and out of carelessness, my baby dropped down and died. The mid-wife had been extremely rude to me. said Apio another young trainee.

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Self-hate or peer pressure for Zambian Girls?

It is almost illegal to have a dark face and natural hair in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. They come in all shapes, colours, sizes, texture and length. These are the weaves worn by majority of Zambian female city dwellers who prefer to call them hair extensions. It was my third visit to Zambia and during the previous two trips, I had observed an interesting phenomenon of women bleaching only their faces. This last trip however revealed something new, that the bleached faces came with artificial ‘hair extensions’. There were moments when I totally looked out of place with my short natural hair and dark skin complexion. Read more

Solar Suitcases bring joy to mothers and relief to health workers in Karamoja

Last week while on a UN Women funded trip to Karamoja to follow –up the progress on powering health facilities, I met a nursing officer Achech Rebecca at Rupa health Centre III and in the course of a brief conversation with her, I asked how many babies she had delivered. Read more

Why the 16 days of activism against GBV should focus on Online Violence

While speaking to a peer last week about online spaces, she had this to say “I am no longer interested in online
activities because I get threatened especially on twitter and I now feel so insecure”. It was not the first time
I was hearing such remarks especially from female colleagues. Once again I had been reminded about the realities of gender-based violence, but in different spaces; Online. The power dimensions online mirror the existing power structures in the real world where Power online, can represent power structures offline in patriarchal societies. Read more

Selective Outrage is a danger to activism in Uganda

About a week ago after that awkward, annoying and humiliating scene on our Televisions and social media Timelines; the story of FDC’s Naigaga Fatuma who was harassed by Uganda police is no longer news to Ugandans. They have now moved on to attacking a couple of artists who dinned with the president and launched the song ‘TubongaNawe’ in support of his 2016 presidential elections.

Regardless of how shameful and humiliating it was to watch Naigaga being undressed, everyone seems to have moved on, save for a few women activists who took to streets to peacefully match to parliament in solidarity with her but got interrupted. Then a couple of social media users who took to twitter and started a hashtag “#EndPoliceBrutalityUG”; tweeted for a couple of hours on 16th Oct and also moved on; I guess until another woman is stripped or embarrassed. Let’s wait for it and see. Read more


Cut demand and you will stop Female Genital Mutilation in Uganda

It was the very first of its kind, a half-marathon that attempted to engage, involve and educate the masses in Sabiny land about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and by extension end the practice.  It took place on 19th September 2015 in Kapchorwa.

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I survived 111m of Big African Air

When you hear that someone bungee jumped 111m off the Victoria falls in Livingstone, you probably think that s/he is crazy, stressed or was attempting murder. Well, those thoughts hold some truth to them. It takes bravery, courage, craziness and all those fancy adjectives to throw oneself 111meters off the victoria bridge towards the mighty Zambezi River.  If you do not know where the Victoria Falls or Zambezi River are located, you probably didn’t pay enough attention in your Geography classes. Those falls are locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which means ‘Smoke that thunders’. The Zambians and Zimbabweans know best about the ‘small fights’ that they have always had for years over these falls. That’s a story for another day. Read more

Held Hostage by your phone? Learn some Phone Etiquette

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about
email etiquette and the readership was wide. I also received a couple of private
messages thanking me for sharing what seemed obvious yet many continued to
abuse their emails.  I have since
realized the need to write another on phone etiquette and why, despite the
advancement in telephony, many of us continue to be blinded by these gadgets
and loose respect for those who offer their time to be with and around us.

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