A courtesy Call on Ndorwa East Students Association – Makerere University by the humble citizen from Kigarama
Yesterday Thursday 25th, March, 2021 brought back so many memories I had at the Ivory Tower especially with the Ndorwa East Students Association.
The humble citizen was invited by the current leadership of the association to share a few words of wisdom with the members of the Sam association. As a former Chairman of this association, it was a pleasure and privilege to be back home.
I was struck by the high level of energy and enthusiasm that the young stars exhibited. The attitude was just the right one for the evening. We talked and they were attentively listening.
I was particularly moved by the testimony by the current speaker of the association, who reminded me that in 2011, while we traversed the schools in the constituency, I shared a story about personal accountability, using the analogy of the garden and thieves, and he says this story changed his life. I was amazed.
As usual, we exchanged pleasantries, talked a lot about our mother home (Ndorwa East), and I saw hope, I saw commitment, I saw audacity, and I saw a brighter future in the eyes of these young people.
I encouraged them to keep working hard, but also keep their background in mind. I tasked them to ensure that they reach out to their younger counterparts back in the village, encourage them and ensure that the culture grows and glows so we can have many more young people joining institutions of higher learning.
We agreed that they should organize a day of serious kiganiiro and invite some of the gallant sons and daughters of the land to foster intergenerational dialogue for learning, growth and community development.
I thank ndugu Ochwo Gerald from Office of the Academic Registrar – Makerere University, Ndugu Kabeera Pontian (PhD), a Research Fellow, Silas Baryagasha and Joel Agaba who equally shared words of wisdom with the young stars.
Lastly, special thanks to our own, my sister Agatha Aharimpisya, a humble soul from Kigarama-Kitambi (Maziba), who is my only known classmate from Kigarama Primary School P.1 class of 1997, that made it to University. That makes two of us from our P.1 class. Agatha operates a pork joint in the University (The Pork King), the first of its kind I think in Makerere University. She was our host. And she did it so well. She also shared her compelling story into entrepreneurship and we were all moved.
From an evening that started pretty in a humble way, a lot of lessons were learnt, great motivation was done, and serious Personal commitments were done. We can only look forward to great future encounters going forward. We renewed our resolve to ensure that “together, let each of us achieve more”.
Greetings from Kigarama!
Alexander Kyokwijuka, Humble Citizen, Kigarama-Ndorwa East