Never on the slippery slopes of Naguru Hill

It is about 6.30pm and I am waiting for Daudi Karungi outside his gallery Afriart. Afriart is located near Kira Rd Police Station at the bottom of Naguru Hill. According to the gossip in town, in the late 90s – early 2000s Naguru Hill used to be a site frequently toured by top politicians in … Continue reading

UG scores top in entrepreneurial start-ups – and failures

Kampala day 4. In the annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM reports, measuring entrepreneurship in 59 countries, Uganda is consistently among the top three countries in the Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurship TEA index. Paradoxically the GEM report also indicates that Uganda has the highest score in the Discontinuation of Businesses rankings. The GEM reports, are made by … Continue reading

If we don’t tell our own stories nobody will

Kampala day 2. If we don’t tell our own stories nobody will. The slogan of Maisha Film Lab  says it all. Here is a group of people who know what they want, tell their own stories and create their own unique image. I feel we as Ugandans and Africans are being judged. There are so … Continue reading

Is the time for change getting any closer?

Kampala day 1. Since I arrived in Nairobi two weeks ago and put my Ugandan sim card in my phone I had received Ugandan sms news updates. The updates were rather disturbing, one disaster after another occurring in all walks of life from climate change,  natural disasters and food shortage to bad governance and simple … Continue reading

45km from Kigali and the pigs listen to music

Kigali day 4: I am at Urwibutso Enterprise in Nyirangiarama 45 km from Kigali and roughly 100 km from Gisenyi, which lies on the way to Goma, Congo. Its early morning and travellers are queuing up in the boutique. They have stopped to buy strawberry or passion juice, bread, muffins and some small doughnuts called Urwibutso. … Continue reading

Education with IT: Of course we will get there

Kigali day 3: When the project labour began for the laying of the optic fibre cables many people wondered why prioritize this. In a country where the poverty level in 2005 was 56,7% and with a and low electricity penetration of only 9% how could it make any sense to start wiring up the country? … Continue reading

Democratic or non-democratic – good service delivery builds a loyal customer base

Kigali day 2. Interview with Minister of Finance Mr. John Rwangombwa, a tall, no-nonsense looking man who has worked at all levels in Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and knows the system inside out. I have sent my questions in advance to the Minister, and we have hardly sat down in his office before … Continue reading

Kigali a bit like Kampala in 90s

Kigali day 1: Forgive me for feeling Kigala anno 2011 is a bit like Kampala 1992-98. Ok, the airport is much bigger, much more modern and efficient than Entebbe in 1992.  The construction ongoing everywhere in the city is also much more advanced. The shops are full of goods, not like the shops in early … Continue reading

Out of the loop if not on M-Pesa

Nairobi day 5: It’s very easy to feel very old fashioned and totally out of the loop if one is not using M-Pesa, mobile money.Everyone uses it. Electricity bills and school fees are paid with M-Pesa, so are taxis and tickets for a performance. At the markets, whether you want to pay for tomatoes, maize, carrots or … Continue reading

iHub in Nairobi is the place to be

Nairobi day 4. It is no wonder that investors flock here and it’s the talk of town whether one speaks with telecoms or the World Bank. iHub, is a heaven, workplace and hive of inspiration; in any techies world it is an oasis of creativity and innovation. Its 8.30am and I am at the fourth … Continue reading