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The collapse of intellectual space at Ahmadu Bello university - the poetry

Mar
22
John Otim

Professor Ronald Benge had a great reputation on campus. When his personal life seemed to be drifting and he had eloped with somebody's wife, his academic reputation just grew. Years later when he died, a London newspaper paid him glowing tributes. As a young academic and a new man on campus

 
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The collapse of intellectual space at Ahmadu Bello university 1989-2010

Dec
19
John Otim

There was on campus some undercurrent of competition between the British and the Americans. With the British trying to hold the fort and the Americans trying to storm it. Just as the Africans were at long last moving in to take possession of the fort. It was a moment to savor. Intellectually it was a robust period ...

 
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How Africa invented mobile money and created the digital society

Dec
19
Niki Bhan

What can we learn about the digital society emerging in Africa without the advantage of conventional infrastructure and institutions? Three seemingly unrelated events in different parts of the world from the early to mid-1990 converged, to culminate in the perfect storm: what we now call Africa’s Rising digital economy.

 
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Wizardry and Witchcraft in Nigeria Real or Not

Nov
26
John Otim

 

Having lived and worked in Nigeria for a long time. And now living and working in Uganda. I get asked this question a lot. Is juju for real in Nigeria? I usually brush it off and disdainfully too! Of all the questions you could ask about Nigeria, this is the one you must ask me? Get off!

 

 

 

 

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Uganda woman stoops to conquer

Oct
29
John Otim

In this male dominated society, it is no big deal for a man to be married to two or more wives and have on the sideline strings of girlfriends and love affairs. In my days as a young man about town I once more or less did just that. And I wasn’t a male chauvinist. But a young woman by the name Ann Grace Aguti, in this corner of the world called The Republic of Uganda, is beginning to change all that.

 
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Amazing Story of an African Teacher

Oct
29
Joseph Apel

When I first met him in in 1954 in our primary six class at Boroboro Primary School (Northern Uganda) under the distinguished headship of Wilson Okaka, Ongom David, as he was popularly known throughout the school, was a gangly youth. He appeared the kind of boy, school bullies will underestimate and seek to dominate. But they would be wrong.

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Mom of Youtube's CEO on how to raise successful kids

Jun
27
Carter Coudriet

Most parents want to give their kids the best life possible. But take note: according to Esther Wojcicki, there’s a massive gulf between “best” and “easy.” “It’s important to resist the urge to give your child everything you didn’t have,” says the Wojcicki, speaking at 2019 Forbes Women’s Summit. “If you think about how to get creativity and innovation, it comes when you don’t have everything.”

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MURKY TERRAIN OF PARENTAL KID-CANING UGANDA STYLE

May
25
Ian Nkera Ford

Growing up in an African home for many of us meant being caned on an almost daily basis. Kiboko was a lifestyle. For those who may not know, kiboko is Swahili for canes and caning. Kiboko rained for breakfast. Kiboko rained for lunch. And it rained again for dinner. You were beaten for any little mischief. You were beaten for accidentally breaking a plate. You were beaten if they thought you laughed too loud.  You were ...

 

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