What’s Cooking? A not-so-gentle reminder to African women on absconding from their duty

AfricanFeminism (AF)

I am sorry you’re behind the times. Can I bring you up to speed? Cooking is never a woman’s job. We train them to cook much as we train men like you to be misogynist, patriarchal, and sexist.”- @Bahiirwa. A twitter user had this response to tweet from one Ugandan man who thought of putting out a piece of advice to women on cooking and being modern.

Mathias Ssemanda, a self described blogger asked women to stop “abandoning” their duty of cooking.

Sexism on Ugandan twitter is common but so are the increasing number of young women’s voices and men who are ready to challenge the notion of gender roles like they were scribbled…

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What is “this thing” people talk about?

Does starting a conversation about”this thing” sound like the last thing you want to do? If so, you’re not the only one, but switch on the news and they can’t stop talking about it. The price of sugar is high! Dollar rate! The handshake! Sudhir! Supplementary budgets!

For a subject that makes the headlines so much, we tend to talk little about it. Whether you’ve talked about it before, or whether you’ve never really given it a second thought, one of the pluralistic organisations has developed an interesting tool that can help you get a clear idea of your feelings about “this thing”.

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Critical questions to understanding “this thing” entail identity, understanding and empowerment. In this particular case am going to talk about how we can seek the identity of “this thing” to do that we need to answer these questions:

  • How do you feel about “this thing”?
  • Do you talk about “this thing”?
  • What does “this thing” look like?
  • What do you want from “this thing”?

To answer these questions:

How do you feel about “this thing”?

So in order to know how you feel about “this thing”, you need to access how “this thing” makes you feel, whether you get irritated, bored or you don’t care about it. If say talk about “this thing” gets you bored, then what’s the first word you think of? It could be money, dollar rate, your rent, price of sugar, corruption.

These words you think about are critical in understanding your true feelings of “this thing”, generally to the layman this could be a society cultivated topic aimed at confusing the masses. It surely seems that way, we never understand the budget, we only get it when they talk about how much tax they intend to levy on our beloved beer, sugar, bread name it.

If I were to ask you to draw or imagine “this thing”, what’s the image or shape that you would want to draw? I would personally draw a caricature of a big bellied man called the government sitting on a stool called “citizens” do you now get the picture?

A more interesting question would be, if “this thing” was a colour, what colour would it be? My guess is “this thing” would be that colour you hate so much, can’t hold it against you, “this thing” has been yellow for the most of my life, yellow is a really ugly colour you know.

The only time I consciously use yellow is when my boss requires me to set the back ground of Excel headings to yellow, a painful choice that is.

A complete understanding of how it makes you feel would be personally connecting it to your life, why is that? Well I wouldn’t date “this Ugandan thing” she’s probably that tweep that goes for trips to Dubai on a pensioner’s money and still can’t make a living for herself or that lady on Facebook who checks in at acacia mall because their taxi en-route to Kisaasi happened to use the acacia avenue route, she really likes the good life she has to live a lie.

Understanding the Identity of “this thing” is key to finally realising this thing is actually part of your life it’s in front of you the whole time, you just have to seek to understand it more and you will totally get it.

Do you talk about “this thing”?

What do you think about most and does any of it have anything to do with “this thing”? The answer is a plain Yes.  To break it down for you in more relatable terms I share interests that give you a bigger understanding of how much you talk about “this thing” unknowingly, these interests give you an idea of the connection you have with “this thing” around you.

Our society Money Shopping Fashion
People Our environment Growth Workers
Imports/Exports Cost of living Libraries, hospitals and schools Banks
Government Transport Unpaid work Prosperity
Spending & tax Trade Culture, media, music or art New ideas
Housing Debt Physical and mental health Education and learning
Crime Communicating Having kids, family and Holidays Big companies
Businesses Food The wider world Technology and 

A great way to understand how much you’re talking about “this thing” is to checklist the everyday interests I shared with you above with their direct correlation to “this thing”. A quick tip would be realising that it all rotates around Money, Banks, Finance, Consumption, and Production, tax, trade, behaviour, and micro and macro factors.

What does “this thing” look like?

What is “this thing” called?! It’s pretty hard to visualise it, but I want you to try. A great way to visualise this, is to imagine “this thing” in more real terms. What would your ideal picture of “this thing” look like? Plus, if you could choose your perfect image of “this thing”, which would it, be?

To visualise what your ideal picture of “this thing” would look like, would require a drawing, you don’t have to be a good artist to come up with this. This visual works best if used in a discussion you’re going to have with a number of individuals over an evening coffee or a cold beer/glass of wine, it could be anything.

The idea is that you draw a visual share it amongst your group and discuss, what “this thing” really means to you, this way you can get a clear picture of what it is.

You could even zero on everyday personalities and have a discussion on who you think would give a perfect picture to “this thing”. According to how you understand “this thing” in general, choices like My Dad, My Mum, My Employer, and My Friend, The President or the First 1st lady should be common a clear understanding of their character, actions and who they are, will give you a broad understanding of “this thing” and how it works and looks like.

What do you want from “this thing”?

It’s critical to understand what you really want from this particular thing you don’t seem to understand entirely. A good way to realize what you want is to determine the 5 Whys, 5 Hows.

“This thing” has a lot to do with our wants and needs. We’re not all in the same position, we all have different starting points and different things we’re worrying about right now. So before you dive into anything, take a moment to think about where you’re at with “this thing” personally.

A good way to look at the different things you might want from “this thing” is to critically look at Maslow’s Hierarchy.

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Basic needs, psychological needs and self-fulfillment needs are a good way of categorizing what you might need from “this thing”. To access all these needs, one needs money, this spells out one of the things you need from “this thing”, to get money, one has to work; to work one, has to seek for a job; to get a job, one has to have attained skills that necessitate his/her employment to a certain job. This vicious cycle helps us answer this particular question of “what do you want from “this thing”?”

In answering this question, the understanding of this thing even becomes clearer, you can’t just simply do without this thing; you need it because it seems to re-occur over and over again. The TV shows it, the government speaks about it, the dollar rate spells it out, we need it to finance climatic change, and generally the “world” simply revolves around this thing.

We ought to make an effort to seek its identity and in its identity shall we find the true meaning of what it is.

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34 times and we still don’t know the thing.

Thank you for dropping by

Poetic Excerpts – Rudy Francisco

My City

Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry.  He was born, raised and still resides in San Diego, California.

As an poetic artist, Rudy Francisco is an amalgamation of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor. He uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, class, gender and religion while simultaneously pinpointing and reinforcing the interconnected nature of human existence. Read More about Rudy here

I share with you one of my favourite poems from his collection, I like this particular poem because it screams “UGANDA” It’s set out in his native California but reading into the content and narrative it spills of social , economic, psychological, political discourse that much relates to Uganda. Hope you like this as much as I did Rudy Francisco is amazing.

MY CITY 

My City oh My city

My City loves New York, DC, Chicago,Philly

My City loves LA, but doesn’t want to be LA

My City is confused, My City is scared of commitment, It’s scared of being honest

My City wants you to believe it’s just like brochures, it’s  not exactly like the brochures

My City will take diversity out of the closet, wear it during photo shoots but puts it all back when the flashes are done

My City wants you to believe that it’s all sane, acceptable, tolerant and palm trees

My City likes to wear make up, but if you look close enough you will see all the crack in the foundation

My City is actually a tapestry of chain link fences

My City is barking dogs

My City is broken glass

My City is a garbage can spilling out on the face of an avenue that won’t speak up for itself

My City is a family photograph missing a father and a frame

My City is a mash pit of pregnant girls dancing with shadows of boys who are not ready for responsibility of children

It’s where is my daddy? It’s he ain’t here, It’s I don’t need a man to raise one

My City is raising itself

The belly of the night is filled with police sirens, and the sound of people losing faith in God

Around here the wind feels like a sand paper kiss, the grass is wilting, the trees are begging to be uprooted, everything on this side of town is just looking for a way out.

Note: This Poem was written and recited by Rudy Francisco.

You can check out the full video here Rudy Francisco recites My City – 2014

Feminism, the enemy within and the courage of a generation

Nice read, this happens everyday my mind was particularly drawn to this

“It’s going to take courage to bring up and challenge the tribalism, myopia and archaic attitudes parents get stuck in. Things like “we don’t marry those people” or “You would rather not marry” or “If you marry her I will not attend” must stop being heard as threats to people trying to form unions that are propagating the future. They must be taken down with boldness and furor.”

I have heard a few ladies from the West say these things, “My parents can’t let me marry from outside my tribe.” like seriously why ? Hope for Change in the Future.

Spartakussug: The Blog

Feminist this, feminist that, femi -knee-st this, Femi-Nazi this, Tw-eminist that! Thats how a typical day starts and ends on my social media timeline. All sides, all genders and all creeds. The fight has become polarizing to the point that one cannot imagine it once was a joke because they will be called gender-shaming, misogynistic or patriarchal or worse. And the fights are happening even amongst the women too.

I have often wondered how the old feminists did it? How did they get through it? Or did they never get through? How can we fight for something for so long and have made such little gains on it? Therefore, I surmise that at the heart of this movement is a key piece that keeps acting as a saboteur to this whole mission.

Male patriarchy (which among hard core feminists is the heart of all darkness and dwelling place of Zerubbabel…

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 “Please don’t judge me for selling my body at 5000 UGX.” #SexWorkerDiaries

Very sad story, yet inspiring in a way, she never gave up anyone time, she always looked for work and always tried to fend for herself, it might no have been in the best ways possible but atleast she made it an effort to always work, May be by reaching out to these people you could as well help them get counselling services from hospitals, may be the very many women groups out there would help. Thank you for sharing these stories with everyone, May the good Lord Bless you.

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Out of curiosity, last Saturday, I called a friend, a community mobliser, who had worked  in Bwaise Kimombasa for years rehabilitating sex workers, connecting them health care services and education programmes for their children. He had shared their stories with me but I wanted to hear and see for myself. I wanted treat my curiosity, I wanted to know what would force anyone to go into this “World Oldest Profession”. With an open notebook, a curious mind and loads of questions I was in Kimombasa in Bwaise.

Sheila was the first person we met. This is the story of Sheila a 29-year-old sex worker.

“My father worked at the ministry of internal affairs. Our home was at Old Kampala Block 20A5BS New park. My mum was a business woman that would go to Dubai for months to do business. I don’t know what business she was doing. While she was away…

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THE ARDUOUS UTERUS

March is here, the year is moving at a pace, what’s March known for?  It’s the start of the lent period culminating with Easter celebrations, It’s the best month for Basketball (let the betting begin), It’s also the best month for vasectomies (gentlemen shall we?) and it lastly comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb, this particular month for me is one that has drawn me to one thing Awareness! Awareness! – Endo-Awareness Month, many would be asking what Endo is? We shall get to that, anyways;

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It’s been a while since I last posted, feels great to finally get to share something eye-opening, something informative. During my sabbatical, on my usual “follow train” on Twitter I came across a very interesting handle “plumpypipsqueak” what drew me to it was that on the 1st read I would barely pronounce the handle, so I decided to check this tweep out and boom I came across a bio that was so amusing, very sexual and yet very painful as well, it read

A woman with Morals of a man, Penis enthusiast and Blowjob expert, Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia warrior

Given I understood most of the statement, I focused on understanding what the last phrase really meant “Endometriosis & Fibromyalgia warrior” and I was a little broken at how an enthusiast & expert would prosper in their trade while going through all this pain. plumpypipsqueak suffers from both these painful conditions which is sad a thing but, she’s doesn’t entirely let this put her down, conversations I heard with her were painful : hearing her story and how much she has gone through, yet always keeping the faith and looking for the good in life, I must say was very inspiring.

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Endometriosis

For those who don’t know what Endometriosis is, I will break it down for you: Endometriosis (Endo) is a painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, Fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Endometriosis may vary but may include pelvic pain before, during, and after menstruation (pain so bad it incapacitates you), irregular periods, irregular bleeding, heavy bleeding, pain when opening bowels/bladder, pelvic swelling, lower back pain, fatigue, mood swings. The problem is that some of these symptoms are ‘normal’ when menstruating, but women have to ask themselves how much pain/discomfort is normal. The answer is that, if the pain/discomfort gets in the way of your daily life, it’s probably too much.

Her Story

In the case of one of the women I talked to, this was her experience, “after her first menstruation, on the first 2 days of her period she would have to stay in bed, in excruciating pain, drenched in sweat, exhausted, bleeding heavily, trying to get some rest, or her mum would find her passed out in the bathroom, with her head in the toilet (because she was vomiting).  She always missed school/uni/work on those first two days. Their ‘family doctor’ said that the vomiting meant she had a sensitive bike and should be careful with her diet.  She never discussed the pain and bleeding too much, as her mum had the same experience, so she just thought it was normal.”

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The usual biblical stories that are referenced to girls are also part of the problem, sometimes girls are told menstruation is a punishment; God punished Eve for eating the forbidden fruit (these stories are actually told, wow) and it being a punishment you expect it to get in to the way of your life when it shouldn’t. Also, women do not talk, which is another huge problem, because they never get to discuss how much pain they should expect, how much bleeding is too much, and what other symptoms they should expect. Periods are considered a taboo not to be spoken about. They’re dirty. Men shy away when they even hear the word mentioned.

She lived for 10 years with the same difficulties until 2015 when she had a miscarriage and her body decided it had enough. She later got an Ultra Scan and she was diagnosed with Endo, The little amount of information she got from the gynecologist is something she described as “hopeless”, basically there is no treatment, no cure, may never have babies. She had to do her own research to find out that it’s not as hopeless if you fight for your health every damn day.

Diagnosis

On top of looking out for the symptoms, for one to be able to diagnose endometriosis they can see a doctor for better checks i.e. Pelvic Exam, Ultrasound, and Laparoscopy . Besides that another huge problem is getting the right treatment. Endometriosis feeds itself on oestrogen and, being a woman, you’re never in short supply. Even if you have a total hysterectomy, it’s been found that endo lesions create their own supply of oestrogen. So the battle with endo never ends. The best treatment course is considered surgery, where the surgeon HAS TO remove every bit of endo tissue to give you the best chances, and then hormonal treatments for the rest of your life.  There are women who have found diet to be a huge help, others who use exercise. As long as it works for you, you keep on doing it.

Her Advice

Do not listen to doctors who tell you “your body will take care of the remaining tissue” Never ever in your life! I’ve done the mistake of thinking my research could not possibly compare to gynae (not an endo expert) knowledge, and it cost me about 1 year and a half so far.  Endo is a disease where you have to fight for getting diagnosed, fight for getting treated properly, fight your body every day.

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Endometriosis in Uganda

In Uganda Endometriosis, awareness was done by Dr.Dennis Ssekyanzi and La Perle a former resident of St. Alberta in Canada about 5 years ago; it’s a condition that’s prevalent in Uganda, according to Health Grove the impact of Endometriosis in Uganda overtime has decreased by 26.7% since 1990.

But I believe with the various problems facing our health sector this is a problem that is still existent but given diagnosis is still difficult, it’s little or heard of in Uganda, We shouldn’t let this become another “nodding disease” that got the country unaware there is need for awareness on the condition it’s a worldwide phenomenon for example in the UK 2 million women are believed to be suffering from it, most diagnosed being ages of 25 to 40.

Endometriosis Statistics

  • 10% of women worldwide have endometriosis (176m worldwide).
  • 1 in 10 women suffers from Endometriosis.
  • On average it takes 7.5years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis.
  • The cause of Endometriosis is unknown and there is no definite cure.

Many of you may not know but March is the worldwide awareness month for Endometriosis. So for all ladies out there facing similar symptoms and May not entirely be sure of what they could be suffering from, please go see a Doctor. Do some research I share some resource banks one can look at to have a better understanding of the condition.

Disclaimer: Views expressed are cognitive with conversations with an Endo-Patient

I would like to thank Andreea for sharing her story with me and making it possible for me to be able to share this message with y’all.

Please share, get that Endo Message out there, you could save a life.

CHEERS

 

Buyemba:It doen’t require much

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It doesn’t require much..

It was a a couple of weeks back when Raymond Mujuni of NTV did a feature from Buyemba Primary School just  days after the President’s visit in Luuka district. He went on and on about how children were going without a meal at school, how an entire school had no furniture and I just sipped on my coffee(Kermit got nothing on me) and chimed,”Isn’t that how it is everywhere?”(of course this was in Luganda; eyo ye Uganda yaffe). However, the last word in that phrase hit me so hard and it only came back to daunt me this morning as I read the Daily Monitor at my desk.

Now, “yaffe” is the Luganda word that translates to “ours” but I looked around my circles to see how many identify with such a school in their bud years and I don’t see many. The few…

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Hip-Hop Skits : De La Soul ‘s Great Creation 

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s “Blame Game” is one track you can’t listen to on a jukebox. Why ? The answer lies in the raunchiness of Chris Rock on the Skit , that shit hella funny.

Definition

A hip hop skit is a form of sketch comedy that appears on a hip hop album or mixtape. Skits are normally done/ performed by artists themselves or by comics i.e. Chris Rock, Jamie Fox, Kevin Hart.

Skits can appear on albums or mixtapes as individual tracks, or at the beginning or end of a song. Some skits are part of concept albums and contribute to an album’s concept. Skits also occasionally appear on albums of other genres.

The Skit Concept

The concept is believed to have been pioneered by De La Soul and their producer Prince Paul who added many skits on their 1989 debut album 3 Feet High and Rising.

De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 on Long Island, New York.The group is best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres. The members are Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo. The three formed the group in high school and caught the attention of producer Prince Paul with a demo tape of the song “Plug Tunin'”. With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band’s debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, has been called “a hip hop masterpiece. ~ Wikipedia

Since then the growth of skits in Rap music has been immense  artists like Andre 3000, WuTang clan, Eminem, Dr.Dre  kept the whole skit going through the 90s in the 2000s  skits more less became the in thing with Kanye West, Lil Wayne,Logic,Kendrick amongst the many rappers who included at the start of their songs, or as segments on their albums.
In Africa  Fela Kuti used skits in his Afro beat songs to highlight the plight of the common man in West Africa specifically Nigeria, most of which were chants against the government and him addressing social political issues such as corruption, dictatorship of which he was arrested.

Nice Skits to look out for  in NO particular order.

  • “Where are my panties ?” Skit – Outkast on speakerboxx
  • “Blame Game” – Kanye on My Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • “Sherane skit” – Kendrick on Good Kid Maadd City
  • “Deep Water Skit” – Dr.Dre & Kendrick on Compton
  • “Loose Cannons” – Dr.Dre on Compton
  • “Ken Kaniff” – Eminem on Slim shady LP
  • “Mad Rapper” skit – B.I.G
  • “Bastard” skit – Tyler the Creator
  • “The Beginning of Enter the Wu-Tang” – Wu-Tang Clan
  • “There is only one left” Skit – Busta Rhymes
  • “Glaciers of Ice” Skit – Ghost face killer
  • “Robin Linch” Skit – Ice Cube
  • “Sellout records” Skit – Logic
  • “Saturday” Skit – Logic
  • “Thirst Mail” Skit – Logic

 

There lots of skits I don’t mention above skits from De la soul most of which I haven’t listened to, many of those from Wu tang clan, The Fugees had lots of skits on their debut album, wycleaf too most of which I haven’t particularly listened to but you can look out for those.

Skits don’t particularly make an album or song great, but like we all love sattire. Skits keep you listening to an album , they are like that cherry/topping/icing on a song or album that keep you listening … I can’t deny I have listened to whack rap songs just to listen to that Skit that was 🔥🔥.

However the use of skits in rap music faced a downward spiral, well some accredited it to the rise of the mp3 in the early 2000s. Albums like Watch the throne – Jay z, Relapse – Eminem, The Carter 1V – Lil Wayne , Cole World – J Cole, Rolling Papers – Wiz Khalifa, Ambition-Wale, Take Care -Drake all realised about 2012 – 2013 all didn’t have skits in them but with Compton-Dr.Dre,GKMC- KDot, Under pressure & TITC – Logic all had skits which only proves skits.

Rap is a much more sophisticated genre today, with an emotional range. It has become more diverse with Trap Fusion, but I would still fancy listening to a skit anyday, skits always get you laughing, that’s why we all love them.

I will leave you this 🔥🔥🔥 Skit from BLAME GAME

Ohh my God..

Baby you done took this shit to another motherfucking level

Now a neighbourhood nigga like me aint supposed to be gettin no pussy like this

Damn, Damn! Who taught you how to get sexy for a nigga?

(Yeezy taught me)

You never used to talk dirty, but now you got damn disgusting,

My, my God, where’d you learn that?

(Yeezy taught me)

Look at you motherfucking butt ass naked with these motherfucking Jimmy Choos off

Who taught you how to put some motherfucking Jimmy Choos on?

(Yeezy taught me)

Yo you took your game up a whole ‘nother level, this is some Cirque ‘u Soleil now!

You done went all porno on it, k. And I, and I love it..

And I thank you, I thank you, my dick thanks you!

How did you learn, how.. how did your game come up?

(Yeezy taught me)

I was fucking parts of your pussy I never fuck before

I was in there like oo I never been here before. I’ve never even seen this part of town before.

It’s like you got this shit re-upholstered or something. What the fuck happened?

Who, who the fuck got your pussy all re-upholstered?

(Yeezy re-upholstered my pussy)

You know what, I got to thank Yeezy.

And when I see that nigga Imma thank him.

Imma buy his album, Imma download that.. Imma shoot a bootlegger!

That’s how good I feel about this nigga

Oww, I still can’t believe you got me this watch. This motherfucker is the exact motherfucker I wanted

Even with the bezel this is the motherfucker I wanted. I saw this shit, I saw it

Twista had this shit on in The Source. I remember, Twista had this motherfucker on in The Source

That’s right, that’s right! Yo yo babe, yo yo this is the best birthday ever!

Where you learn to treat a nigga like this?

(Yeezy taught me)

Yeezy taught you well, Yeezy taught you well.

—–Nangosyah Tom Wellard ——–

I am also seeking a bailout. What about you?

Am not really a writer but, I love to share information, my opinion; but when I get artciles that ride with my opinion, I gladly share, Julius is my workmate who loves to write and expand on topics, he’s a good researcher with passionate accounting skills too …. enough of the props to him , here is his take on the #ScamBailouts 

About the whole story

Stories have been running in the Ugandan dailies for a while. One can’t really know if it’s true or a hoax. All we can say, as a business-assistance minded firm, we love to have fingers in every business pie and we’re not leaving this one to go with our eyes closed.

On the outbreak of news or ‘rumours’ that the Ugandan government plans to spend about Ugx1.3trillion (local coffers’ money) to bail out ‘ailing’ firms, even some big time defaulters. That money should be channeled elsewhere like public education and health- a working nation should be a health one.

Whether it’s one way the ‘big boys’ in the country are requesting for what belongs to Caesar or not, we don’t know. Some say they’re cronies of Mzee, especially during the concluded February elections. Who knows, some say they helped fund his campaigns.

Why these big businesses need a bail out can’t be understood. Hearing about their need for a bail out, to one, it may mean that the business is failing. I landed on an article on why they’re asking for bail outs-LOANS! https://minbane.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/httpwp-mep1xtjg-2qi-2/

Rumour has it that even Club Silk is listed! Now the list might include every Tom, Dick and Harry.

However, it may not be due to over borrowing. First, click the link below (for a 3 minute read) for some reasons on why businesses in Uganda fail. Why businesses in Uganda fail.pdf

Generally, some say the economy is not stable, since the recent elections, the Brexit incident and the general export trade. But all this is external, there should also be finger-pointing towards the so-called ailing businesses.

Truth be told, they provide employment to Ugandans and also loyal to URA (some are even tax exempted). Others have expanded with branches within Uganda or outside (East Africa). It beats my understanding though how these businesses are failing to honour their obligations.

Don’t forget that some of the owners of these companies also have majority shareholding in some Uganda Stock Exchange listed firms.

Why they are seeking for bailouts;

Leadership: Call it corporate governance. There could have been cases of poor reporting.  We’re not saying they don’t prepare financial reports. There can be preparation of certain reports and not prioritizing the risk management aspect.

Debt management hiccups: If you can’t honour all your big debts, there must be a problem. I am sure most of the companies borrowed, failed to pay back and moved to another borrower, cleared part of the debt yet the second borrower was also on their neck. I call it ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’.

The market: Declining market (reason 10 for business failure in Uganda) isn’t really a big challenge because the market outside Uganda is promising. Most of these companies are into production of ‘hard products’ like construction materials, few in the service sector and the least in agro processing.

Maybe their market would be big but the dollar’s fluctuating tendency is a hindrance to some local companies-more so the agro/agric exporters. The problem (80’s & 90’s) used to be reliance on exportation of a few commodities. Others outlined bureaucracy as the main reason.

What I think these companies should do.

On corporate governance: A fish starts rotting from the head. Streamline reporting, plus they should have a dog watching over the top management. Companies should also apply the ‘6 eyes principle’.

This is review of the companies’ financial reports by 3 people-the preparer, the auditor and another auditor to watch the auditor. One will say it’s wastage of resources, but it’s risk management and worth it.

On poor debt management: Just because a company has assets and is ‘big time’ shouldn’t be enough to convince a lender to give out money. They should also look at that company’s borrowing history.

Companies should have clear borrowing and debt management policies. How about invest in shares in different blue chip companies. Share certificates and bond holding certificates are good instruments for a borrowing company. Such papers are security and an asset.

About the market: I think there should be guaranteed market for Uganda’s products being exported. Imports bills for Uganda stood at US$395.2 million in March 2016. Exports stood at US$ 230.6 million at the end of the same period. Isn’t that enough to know that we really need more market outside for our products?

Please, don’t forget to go through our article below (3 minute read) provides some insight into Uganda’s business failure. Why businesses in Uganda fail.pdf

Once you finish reading, let me know if you or someone you know could do with some support. Or simply drop me an email to say hello to me and we can chat about the bail out if you like.

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Voices From West Africa : BRYMO

You don’t need to listen to the next album to change your thoughts about Brymo. Whenever you listen to his albums you  don’t have to skip a track.  I bet I’m not the only one that feels that Brymo should be getting more praise than he does.

Well Olawale Olofo’ro better known as Brymo  was born 9 May 1986 and is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and composer. His musical journey started in 1999, He was signed to Chocolate City , of course you guys know Chocolate City (M.I, Ice Prince, Victoria Kimani, Jesse Jagz “who left as well”, …. ) till 2013 when he left the label after he fell out with the management.

 

We all remember Brymo from that hit “Oleku” which he featured on with Ice Prince, I might not know why you guys loved the song but I loved that song because Brymo was on it the Hook was everything, Ice prince had a couple of bars on that , those were cool too, I love me a song where an R&B artist and Rap artist are in sync.

Well Brymo has 5 albums to his name up to date Brymstone(2007), TheSonOfaKapenta(2012), Merchants, Dealers & Slaves(2013), Tabula Rasa (2014), Trance(2015), Klitoris(2016)

Brymo is a unique sound he blends Yoruba and English so well and his music is a mixture of R&B, Fuji, Rock and Pop because lots of people will relate with it, to love Brymo you gotta love husky voices filled with emotion; his story telling technique is beyond doubt not ordinary, as he masterfully passes forth his thoughts, philosophy and imaginations which I dare to say 90 percent of the world’s population can relate to. Though it is futile to emphasize the unique brilliance of Brymo’s wiry, occasionally vibrant, Yoruba-accented voice, it is impressive to hear just how much thought he puts into the structure and artistry of his music on all these different albums. He doesn’t just make tracks, he makes music and each song is an eargasmic delight if not for anything, but for sheer inventiveness, he sings about almost everything  Love, Sex, Violence, Politics, whatever you call it Brymo can do.

I particularly started listening to Brymo just after Oleku, I think that was in my O’levels since Oleku I have loved Brymo till today, Duduna and Joel my friends normally criticize my choices in music, well atleast I got Joel to somehow like Brymo”s music, Duduna is a hard one given I also entirely don’t like his music catalogue.

Lets talk the albums and what you prolly missing out on for those lovers of good music, whatever country, region, planet it comes from. Given I have listened to 4 of his albums in full, I will talk about those in detail and hint on a few of the songs i have listened from the rest.

 download2TheSonOfaKapenta(2012)

With singles “Ara” and “Good Morning” our own THE MITH even had a freestyle verse on this.  There is nothing more amazing than starting off your album dedicating it to your mother on 1986 Brymo tells a story from when he was a child to the time he became a man lovely song this.
The songs that hit were Omoge Campus, See Me and Akara. While remaining true to his fuji roots, Brymo proved his versatility as an artist with tracks like Akara and Your Love, which have an international dance feel guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.

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Merchants, Dealers and Slaves(2013)

This particular album was about deception, Unfaithfulness , promises and hypocrisy, it was beautiful, emotionally rich and soulful it was darker and more reflective. It was on the surface a story of a village boy who left his home to seek a better life elsewhere. With songs like Eko, Down, Dear Titilope where he talks about his “girlfriend” this was another great album from Brymo.

 

Tabula Rasa(2014)

This is the 4th studio album and my favourite Brymo album to date,its lead single “Fe Mi” is a lovely song but particularly my favourite Brymo_-_Tabula_Rasa_coversongs on this are Prick No Get Shoulder, 1 Pound(*****), Nothing’s Ever Promised Tomorrow, Dear Child this is a 38 minute master piece you should listen to.

 

 

The Greatness of the Naked Klĭtôrĭs(2016) 

This is his latest album and is no doubt a reaffirmation that he is king of soul and even better, a grown man in his art. He captures the very essence of his trade and adds socio-political issues throughout this album. Brymo really did well on this. This album in all sincerity is greatness as it comes and is totally beautiful. The hard hitters from this one are the  lead single “Something Good is Happening”, Naked, Kosayami, You were

mine,Girl from New York,download1 When the cookie crumbles, Alajo Somulu. Another 40 minutes of your time well spent do listen.

 

 

So guys stop sleeping on Brymo, go out there get his music, download it, share the music. You can’t just listen and enjoy this alone send this stuff to the world Brymo ranks up there with the rest of ’em great Nigerian Musicians.