When I never I receive an early morning call, and by early I mean before 9am here in the UK , I fear the worst and the first thought that crosses my mind is whether I am about to learn that a member of my family back in Uganda is ill or worse. So when the phone went off at 7.30am on Monday morning my heart sunk and when I saw who was calling I steadied myself … [Read more...]
The Guardian and the Daily Monitor: A tale of two papers
In May this year the Ugandan Police raided the offices of the Daily Monitor a respected Ugandan newspaper was raided by the Police and shut down for a few days because its editors had published something that government didn't want in the public domain. As you can imagine there was outrage both in Uganda and within the international community as evidenced in these articles from … [Read more...]
In conversation with Uganda’s First Lady
The Ugandan Diaspora in UK recently gathered to discuss the condition of Uganda with member's of the Ugandan parliament as well as friends of Uganda. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Uganda's First Lady as well as Minister for Karamoja one of Uganda's poorest regions and here is how I got on … [Read more...]
Do you fit bit?
Do I what? OK, let me start from the beginning. Seven years ago, I was super active, my working day started in the gym, I had corporate membership at what was called Holmes Place and then Virgin gym and I used it. Somewhere along the way I gave it all up and things went down hill from there until I was jolted out of “this thing” ( I don’t even … [Read more...]
My World in 2011
The year 2011 began just like any other year. I was in Uganda and folk were afraid of going out since Al shabab had thrown bombs amongst folk watching the world cup finals at the city's rugby club. So we stayed home, lit the BBQ and sat back to take in the fireworks at Sheraton Hotel from a vantage point of our back yard. As the year unfolded it turned to be quite … [Read more...]
Twitter, Black History Month and knickers for black women
Sometime last year I got into a conversation with a woman on Twitter whose twitter handle was simply SMT95. We exchanged several tweets and she asked for my number. I gave it to her and she called me. She introduced herself as Sadia Sisay. We spoke for 2 solid hours on anything and everything. But mostly about Twitter, the point of black history month and not being able to … [Read more...]
Any other Business?
This is a question that is usually asked at the end of a formal meeting. This question is useful at the end of meetings to draw out anything that may have been left off the agenda in the first place. But my good friend Jackie Groundsell over at the 12:30 The Women's company has adopted this as the tag line for this year's annual conference. I have been thinking about this … [Read more...]
You should not have to look for work if you are well connected
A strange thing to say perhaps but that is the exact view of Thomas Power co founder and Chairman of Ecademy I met Thomas last night at the Weybridge Ecademy and he gave a powerful talk about the value of networks , being connected and the value of being connected. The central message to us was that whilst our children understand the value of networks and we need to … [Read more...]
AGOA: whose growth and whose opportunities?
http://www.voxafrica.com/modx/en/ShootTheMessenger/agoa-whose-growth-and-whose-opportunities … [Read more...]
Shopping with a conscience
shopping with a conscience http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missionunstoppable/2008/07/23/Shopping-with-a-Conscience-The-world-of-Ethnic-Supplies … [Read more...]