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How An Intelligent Man Would Have Responded To Timothy Kalyegira’s Claims

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Lupita Nyong'o in Queen of Katwe

Lupita Nyong’o in a scene from “Queen of Katwe” movie.

Timothy Kalyegira, the contrarian thinker, was invited to attend the movie premiere of “Queen of Katwe.” At the end of the day, he shared his thoughts, feelings and review of the premiere and made a few claims, and a central claim to the effect.

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The country’s reaction must have, or did it really, surprise Kalyegira. Nonetheless, the country had an emotional outburst. But none, however, had any excellence to it. If we are to go by the counter-arguments, then Kalyegira will further go into a confirmatory bias mode. Because, the counter-arguments confirm his conclusions about Ugandans, Africans and the black race. But that’s an issue for another day.

There’s a skill gap in Ugandan society, it permeates even the higher institutions of learning. Our task going forward is to show how an intelligent man would have responded to Timothy Kalyegira’s claims.

For every argument to deserve the rights of being called one, it must have four main parts; claims, counterclaims, reasons and evidence. All arguments against Kalyegira’s review stopped at the counterclaim part. Some sunk even lower, they shot down the messenger and not the message. But let’s save the day and give a one point lesson:

“Dear Timothy Kalyegira. I read your opinion on the premiere of the “Queen of Katwe” movie and the conclusions you made. Whereas I share a few frustrations, for example the time management of Ugandans, having been a victim of the poor management, I also ask that we take the questions further and probe. Could it be that there are certain things that make Africans act this way? Could it be that the concept of time bring different meanings to different societies? Let’s pause on those issues and address a little later in this writing.

The central claim of your argument is to paraphrase your words; “the lack of mental and emotional depth, the lacklustre culture, the slowness, the childish sense of humour, the half-literate mindset, the mediocrity, the “maalo” that is our African culture.”

Perhaps we need to start asking some important questions: What is the definition of mental and emotional depth? Who sets the standards and who words the definitions? Is there an objective measure for mental and emotional depth? What about mental width? Could a lack in depth be made up in gains in mental and emotional width?

Assuming we had an agreed upon measurement of emotional depth. How did you arrive at the fact that there’s a lack of a mental and emotional depth in Africa? What was your scientific method of inquiry and investigation? Which tools did you use? Or did you simply use what you saw, what you experienced, your feelings, to arrive at these conclusions?

If a man went to America and was subjected to those rigorous security checks at the airports, wouldn’t he simply arrive at the conclusion that America is a very insecure place? But would his experiences be enough to draw conclusions about the whole American society? Wouldn’t he require some formal scientific method of inquiry to support these inclusions. Kalyegira, observation in itself can never form conclusions about society.

We also need to know, on what parameters do we compare and contrast cultures? What makes one culture superior to another? Is it enough to base on present conditions to determine the superiority of one culture over another? Or perhaps we could base on what different cultures have produced over time? Were you to compare an Indian culture to an American culture, you would probably side with the American culture? Yet, to many historians, you would have made a wrong choice. For, Indian culture has been the motherland of all cultures, all that we have come to know in other cultures had their origins in India. The same could be said about African culture. West African history can guide us here.

That you have visited countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda and observed the same patterns. Is that enough to confirm to pile blame on African culture? The question should then be; why do all post-colonial African states with the exception of South Africa all have similar patterns and trends? What could be the root-cause? Could it be that all we are seeing are simply symptoms of a bigger ‘problem’? How was the African society before the erosion of its culture by outsiders? Is it that Africans are now simply trying to be bad versions of “white men” instead of great versions of “Africans?” Surely, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, you would assume it to be stupid.

You say that Queen of Katwe and its mediocrity could add to the growing feeling among Europeans that their culture is under threat. But that’s putting Europeans on a pedestal. What about the Africans whose culture was eroded, destroyed and everything African came to be described as evil, as inferior. But on whose backs was the European society built? Show me a single European society that could claim progress without the arm or contribution of African society. May be Africa has been the man in the background actually creating the works.

Timothy Kalyegira, your opinion raises more questions than it attempts to answer. If it answers any, it simply scratches the surface and runs to conclusions. Without a scientific inquiry into African society, its history, its people, its interactions with the other worlds, it would be very immature and unrefined to make conclusions about this society. What we know about African society is very little. The present tells nothing about this society. One would have to be 2000 years in the past to understand African society. One would also have to be 1000 years into the future to judge whether African culture has been a failure, has been mediocre and has made no contribution whatsoever. The real contributions of a society, its people, its culture can only be objectively judged by the men of the future.

That said, we could take our conversations a little forward over a cup of coffee. Hope you can grab the movie and watch it to completion.

Regards,
BigEye.ug Editor

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Finally, Development Channel boss writes to President Museveni

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My name is Charles N. Lambert and I represent the global Pan-African quest for economic independence through an umbrella known as the “United Citizens of Africa” (UCA). I lead a strong army of over 500,000 subscribed believers in our cause of demanding Africa’s economic independence and the end of gross poverty in our continent. I have passionate followers in countless countries including but not limited to hundreds of thousands in Nigeria, thousands in Kenya, South Sudan, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. I can boldly say that I REPRESENT the present day Pan-Africanism in regards to the pursuit of economic independence for Africa, a thing we believe is expedient.

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In case you have not observed Mr. President, you are the last remaining single individual in all of Africa’s 1.3billion people that has the foundation, the understanding and the experience regarding Pan-Africanism. We don’t just need you, we have travelled thousands of miles to Uganda just to find you and rest our pursuit on the grace of our ancestors which you have carried tirelessly for decades. YOU are the only reason why the base of our efforts has been set in Uganda because as the scriptures say “If the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” Hence by default, you have no option than to embrace the fact that you are OUR LEADER and one which we MUST work with to fulfill the aspirations of our fathers who fought to set our various nations free from colonial oppression and begin a blue print towards our development as a people.

As you have narrated in the Mustard Seed, the economic pursuit of independence for Africa was to follow the political one but somewhere along the lines, something went missing. Your excellency Sir, we have gathered that which went missing and have the most comprehensive, robust, proven, pragmatic and sustainable platform consisting of 25 companies and backed up with unbelievable ideological followership that is guaranteed to crush anyone who stands in opposition to the cause. There is nothing that is remotely as comprehensive as what we possess in UCA and we have NO MATCH in leadership contention for the pan-African economic liberation movement be it with NGOS, governments, international agencies or private businesses- we are designed to LEAD EVERYONE. There is nothing that will belittle us as referring to us as just another investor in Uganda.

Your Excellency, our movement will practically and permanently ERASE all your nightmares as a leader. Scriptures says “Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that THEY MAY RUN THAT READS IT….” As you can see from the scripture, you have been writing, articulating, making it plain YET no one has bothered to RUN with that which you have written. There is a massive, irreparable disconnect between your ideals and the people to execute them which is most evident that despite the peace, the enabling environment and the countless ideas you give, Uganda was listed three weeks ago as the 3rd poorest country in the world by GDP. I do not believe you want to use another 30 years to discover that you MUST look at unprecedented platforms such as ours to serve Ugandans and Africans at large. The present statuesque does not work and the same people are telling the masses that YOU are responsible for unemployment, poor housing and gross poverty in the land when in actuality the reverse is the case.

We are about to move into the next steps of our Pan-African economic liberation movement and we are setting up a phone manufacturing plant in YOUR VILLAGE (Rushere, Rwakitura municipality, kiruhura district) by November 2018 and it will be the first place in all of Africa where mobile devices and IT products are made. This is an honor our movement has bestowed on you because you have stood for more than 50 years on the same ideals we now represent especially in regards to your position on “… benefiting foreign economies to the detriment of the local people” (Economic War proposed by you-President Yoweri Museveni in the 10Point Program). In all intentions and purposes, you are our father, my father. This is why we have set up the first tool for our first of 25 battles in your hometown and have vowed to foster your legacy to ALL of Africa so as to receive and maintain the grace of all the fathers of Pan-Africanism long dead.

In continuation of our commitment to Uganda BECAUSE OF YOU AND THE GRACE OF OUR ANCESTORS IN PAN-AFRICANSIM WHICH YOU CARRY, We are also set to establish a car manufacturing plant in Jinja, food processing in Gulu (I am excited to turn your value addition theory on coffee to living reality), a women empowerment oil and gas corporation in Masindi, a home construction institute in Soroti, the Black wall Street in Kampala, an e-commerce processing in Nakasongola, and so much more. I can guarantee you that given your support from this month of September 2018, that by January 2019, over 1 million jobs will be available in Uganda for the Youth with work assimilation training provided and wages exceeding your middle income projections for the country. Your Excellency, we can ERASE unemployment in Uganda in a twinkle of an eye given your support.

Your Excellency, it was you and NOT my humble self that called for a combination of “capitalistic and socialist ideals” in the building of the nation. We responded to your own ideas in our “Our child support program for Uganda” yet because you are not yet publicly on board with what we are doing, we have been oppressed by members of your own government, called various names including scam by your own police and harassed without mercy by your own government’s media (New Vision Group). This is the same program that is bound to give you countless international awards and recognition for the country! Your Excellency, we are tired of seeing our best intentions destroyed because of your silence towards our movement which the Ugandan people unfortunately do not have the slightest understanding about.

You cannot afford to leave us defenseless anymore among very uninformed and highly ignorant public as too much will be lost in the process including our planned Job seekers allowance for job seekers and the various other initiatives unheard of by any other country in the history of Africa. In summary, history is unfolding through our presence in Uganda to tap into your grace and we are employing you to embrace our platform, stand on it and lead Africa to economic independence through us. We are formidable, dependable and ruthless in efficiency.

Finally, just like the political independence was finally attained, we will attain economic independence for Africa and permanently delete our identity with poverty and death.

May God bless and keep you.

May God bless and keep Africa.

Your Ideological Son,

Charles N. Lambert

Founder & Chairman

United Citizens of Africa (UCA)

Development Channel (DC)

Great Uganda Initiative (GUI)

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Opinion: If 1% of Uganda’s Population Started Mining Bitcoin, UEGCL Would Have To Construct A New Dam Every 2 Months

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By Ian Ortega

It is now clear that there is no escaping the Bitcoin revolution. Bitcoin is here to stay, and so is Blockchain, the technology upon which Bitcoin runs. Yet even more scary is the power consumption that is used up in the Bitcoin mining process.

An individual bitcoin transaction is estimated to use up 300kwh of electricity, an equivalent of boiling over 30,000 kettles of water.

Current global Bitcoin energy usage is 0.13 percent of the world’s electricity consumption. According to Joel Bellenson, at Bitcoin’s current growth rate of 30% per month, Bitcoin mining energy consumption will exceed global solar energy production before the next Christmas. “It will take 25 months until Bitcoin mining completely eradicates human civilisation,” he notes. “25 months at current bitcoin mining energy growth rate of 30% per month before mining exceeds 100% of all the electricity on the planet.”

The bitcoin users are estimated to be peaking towards 18 million, as per those with a Bitcoin wallet. As per UETCL records, “Uganda’s peak power system demand currently stands at 500 MW against an installed generation capacity of 851.53MW.”

This implies, that if 1% of Uganda’s population were to start mining bitcoin, UEGCL would have to construct a new dam with the same capacity of Karuma every 2 months. And this should be a very scary thought for the Electricity bodies as Bitcoin could prove to be a bigger threat to energy usage than anything.

But is UEGCL prepared for such an eventuality? Would it cope if Bitcoin mining and transactions became the order of the day in the country? Probably this may not happen. And we could see a country coming to a total standstill. The country then may surely need to open up conversations about Bitcoin and Blockchain.

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OPINION: It is time for Gospel Artistes to break out of their shell and shine

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Judith Babirye is one of the leading gospel artistes in Uganda

By James Propa

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It is evident from several digital music selling platforms that comparatively gospel music is one of the most selling genres of music in the world. However it is evident in Uganda, most gospel artists tend to lock themselves in serving ‘the converted’ than serving the entire market.

It is also true that however much there is too much politics in the music industry, there is equally too much politics in the churches and this further reduces the audiences to which the gospel artists promote their music. This also affects the turn up at their concerts.

With this kind of politics hitting you up from both angles, there is absolutely little room to shine and benefit from your career.

Don’t you find it quite terrible that in 2017, we have only had 2 gospel artists staging relatively big concerts? Hon Judith Babirye and Levixone at the Museum. What is common about these 2 is the way they tapped into the radio stations and opportunities that are not driven by religion.

It is time for other gospel artists to start creating universal content using simple language that even non-believers can understand and like. This is when they will become happy and also have an opportunity to own mansions and sleek cars like their counterparts doing other genres of music.

Get out of your shell and shine!

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