Ugandan Diaspora News | Letter from the Editor | September 2012

Posted August 31, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Editorial ~ 4,273 views


Greetings From Kampala,

It has been a whirlwind of a summer for me with trips to Dallas, Vancouver, Boston and now Kampala. I am truly grateful for the gift of good health to be able to do what I do because I enjoy it.

UNAA Philly is finally upon us and I will miss my first convention in 12 years I have lived in North America but with good reason– I am working on coordinating the Event celebrating Uganda@50 Cultural dinner at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday October 12th 2012. Philadelphia is the 6th largest city in the US and is nicknamed ‘the city of brotherly love’ which has an estimated 1.5M inhabitants. The city was the meeting place for the founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Therefore with all the historical significance, the choice of Philly was a great venue for UNAA’s 24th convention as Uganda Celebrates her Golden Jubilee this year. For details about this convention visit

Another important gathering will be taking place in Boston as Baganda convene at the Renaissance Hotel in Boston for the 7th annual Ttabamiruka Convention under the theme ‘Obuganda Bumu’. Let us therefore go and show our support and pay homage to  our heritage. My plea still goes out to the organisers of Ttabamiruka Convention to get a different weekend to host this event that way more Baganda can turn up in larger numbers since the UNAA Convention in its 24th year is traditionally held on the US Labor Day weekend. For details about the Ttabamiruka Convention visit.

The second Ugandan UK Convention was held on Saturday 15th September at the Troxy in London. Below are some of the highlights from the one Day event.

Back in Kampala plans are now in high gear for the Uganda@50 celebrations. Corporate events, Memorabilia and Government initiatives are now taking shape with Kololo airstrip getting a facelift in what promises to be the biggest celebration of Uganda’s independence to date. Whatever your location let us aspire to love our nation the way foreigners, especially Americans love their nation. We can be the generation that inspires this change for a better Uganda free of moral decay, corruption and instability for which we have been known for decades. Our best years are ahead of us and it was therefore a nostalgic feeling to see Kiprotich win the London Olympic Marathon beating favorites Kenya and also have our anthem play at the closing ceremony. In my view there was no better gift for all Ugandans as we commemorate our 50th Golden Jubilee as a nation.

The other big news in Kampala has been the succession battle within FDC where new front runners Nandala Mafabi and Mugisha Muntu are vying to replace FDC party President Dr. Kiiza Besigye. On the NRM side, attention and focus has again shifted to Muhoozi Kainerugaba who was recently promoted by his father and President to the rank of Brigadier or a One-Star General in the US equivalent, leading many to believe that perhaps the signs are now evident that he might be heir apparent to Uganda’s President. Whether Uganda is ready for this transition only time will tell. Meanwhile social media and discussion forums have been awash with debate on the subject.

As I conclude allow me to focus you on things that I have come to appreciate about life. My theme this month is Happiness and I encourage you to pursue greatness but beware of some of the biggest enemies to happiness in your pursuit to greatness as summarized by Forbes!

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)
These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret. Beware!

1) Availability

We often settle for what’s available, and what’s available isn’t always great. “Because it was there,” is an okay reason to climb a mountain, but not a very good reason to take a job or a free sample at the supermarket.

2) Ignorance

If we don’t know how to make something great, we simply won’t. If we don’t know that greatness is possible, we won’t bother attempting it. All too often, we literally do not know any better than good enough.

3) Committees

Nothing destroys a good idea faster than a mandatory consensus. The lowest common denominator is never a high standard.

4) Comfort

Why pursue greatness when you’ve already got 324 channels and a recliner? Pass the dip and forget about your grand designs.

5) Momentum

If you’ve been doing what you’re doing for years and it’s not-so-great, you are in a rut. Many people refer to these ruts as careers.

6) Passivity

There’s a difference between being agreeable and agreeing to everything. Trust the little internal voice that tells you, “this is a bad idea.”

Let me end with my Principle that says always put God first in whatever you do and in due season he will exalt you and grant you the happiness and greatness you seek!

And finally let’s be proudly Ugandan as we congregate at the various conventions happening this month!

God bless!

Ronnie Mayanja

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