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Letter to Kleith Kyatuhaire: You Don’t Owe Us No Apology

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Kleith Kyatuhaire

By Ian Ortega

Dear Kleith Kyatuhaire,

You are a youth and I deeply care about young people. Not many get the privilege of getting a letter from Uganda’s most influential young person (hahaha). Yes, the fact that one works for www.bigeye.ug puts them in that rare class of influential Ugandans. With that background, it gives me the right to lecture you on all things life, tits and nudes.

See I haven’t even viewed your nudes. I know in the next days, you are going to walk through places imagining that everyone looking at you is connecting your nudes to you. Of course your nudes didn’t break the internet which is pretty sad. I think you need to give heart to everything you do. If you choose to do something, do it like your life depends on it. If you choose to become a serial murderer, be the best serial murderer in the world. Life happens at the extremes. Next time you choose to take nudes, take them like your life depends on it. I am only annoyed at you because you didn’t give those nudes 110% of your effort. If you choose to do anything in this world going forward, do it whole heartedly. Jump in with both feet. That’s number one lesson.

Secondly you may be feeling like you shouldn’t have taken those nudes. And that explains why you apologized to us. For goodness sake, why? Why did you have to apologize? Great people do not apologize for their flaws. That’s why you ought to come and intern at www.bigeye.ug, you will learn that apologies belong to mortals not to great ones. Show me a single person who is great and I will show you a person who constantly validates flaws in their personality traits. Who in the first place dictates what’s moral and what’s not? Morality is subjective. Many years ago, our great grandfathers wouldn’t have cared an inch about your nudity. You should read the evolution of clothes. Awaken my dear. You are the last person I expect to subscribe to group think. As a creative, you ought to be enlightened about some of those things. That’s the second lesson.

Third lesson is that you ought to learn a few lessons in public relations. Silence is the first pre-requisite in public relations. You ought to keep people guessing. Every time you speak, you give your enemies a chance to know your next step. What I expected from you after the nudes wasn’t an apology but an advert for your Style Project which I hear has failed to make a breakthrough. Your Style Project needed to ride on this storm. Some people are drowned by waves, others surf those waves. You should have utilized this free marketing offered by the people who leaked your nudes. Hun, it seems I have lots to teach you.

Kyatuhaire, if your nudes embarrasses your family, that’s their problem, not yours; continue creating. By the way, did I tell you that for artists, the naked human body is the greatest form of art and that no great painter, sculptor ever lived unless they ventured into this field. Please own your nudes. It is your art. You represent millions who everyday would love to let go of their clothes but are scared. You should become a nudist – an activist for nudism. The world needs to experience that rare freedom that comes from stripping ourselves bare. Which brings us to our next lesson. Before you can attain true greatness in this world, you ought to strip yourself bare. Please go read and watch the counter-culture revolution in America and see the life that happened in the late sixties and early seventies and all things that sprang from that period.

Finally, if you remember only one thing from this letter. Your youth is the time to embarrass yourself. Commit as many mistakes as you can. You won’t have the same privileges when you are older. Back where I come from, we believe in the adage of fail faster and fail more often. It’s time for you to explore your dark side in your youth. Your mistakes are yours to learn from. However, since I am a better thinker than you are, I will let you on another little secret. They say, we all learn from mistakes but hey, they don’t have to be our own. Please please, don’t let your nudes get you hiding out the best parts of you. Don’t let the nudes stop you from creating other great things. Don’t let your nudes make you become closeted.

When I was growing up, I learned about the great HYDRA. That mysterious greek mythology creature that has many heads. When you cut off one of the heads, two heads grow in place of the one cut off. Heracles the great hero found a hard time killing the Hydra. I know you have not learned about these great things in your education. That’s the opportunity cost of studying in Uganda. But the lesson from Hydra is that you should become Anti-Fragile. Mould yourself into a person who gains from randomness, stressors, volatile situations rather than gets hurt from them. You should get even much stronger from your nudes. And I expect that at a not so long time into the future, you will hire a professional photographer and take much better nudes. Nudes where you give it all your heart. Nudes that will get future generations in awe at how great an artist you are.

All the best little one.

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Uganda Rugby Cranes flagged off ahead of Zambia, Zimbabwe clashes

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The rugby cranes today had their last training session at Kyadondo rugby grounds ahead of their return legs with Zambi and Zimbabwe. The rugby cranes were seen off by some of the staff from their main sponsors Nile Special and enjoyed previlage of the company of the American and South African ambassadors.The Uganda rugby team besides going for the wins have also fronted the Nile Special current campaign #NoExcuse which is aimed at reducing sexual harassment in society.

Here is the selected team to fave Zambi and Zimbabwe

1. Ssenteza Santos

2. Kivumbi Saul

3. Kimbowa Collin

4. Asuman Mugerwa

5. Odugo Faragi

6. Kanyanya Ronald

7. Otto Micheal

8. Olet Simon Peter

9. Odong Charles Uhuru

10. Asaba Brian

11. Pius Ogena

12. Ayera Desire

13. Emong Eliphaz

14. Aaron Ofoyrwoth

15. Epilo Paul Emmanuel

16. Ivan Magomu Arthur

17. Masendi Paul

18. Okorach Micheal

19. Munyani Ian Arnold

20. Wokorach Philip

21. Semwami Daudi Ashraf

22. Simwende Kimono Justin

23. Kasito Adrian

24. Oketayot Byron

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Tusker Lite confirm participation in first ever Food Street Festival in September

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On Monday, the first ever “KCCA Foodie Street” was introduced to the Ugandan social events scene promising an assortment of delicious local delicacies all aligned to take place at the heart of the city’s most esteemed street, Parliamentary Avenue come Saturday, September 7, 2019.

The Foodie Street will host food lovers within the city to a day of merrymaking on the food filled street is organised by KCCA and My Food Network in partnership with Tusker Lite to bring food lovers an unforgettable food fest.

“Kampala is the entertainment capital of East Africa and KCCa has a strategy to make it the premier entertainment and tourist destination in Africa. One of the ways to do this is to showcast our rich culture and hospitality and we know that showcasing our abundant street food, we can achieve this goal, said KCCA Director of Education and Social Services, Mrs Namuddu Juliet Nambi.It has been touted as a fun outdoors lifestyle food event that will showcase Ugandan street food while offering a variety of treats from the different street food exhibitions set to leave food lovers spoilt for choice. Revelers will be given the option of pairing their dishes with either a Tusker Lite or Coca Cola.

“Tusker Lite remains at the heart of the best food experiences in the country. We are looking forward to bringing foodies the party flavour in the first edition of this fun outdoors food experience come September,” said Balaba Brian, Key Accounts Manager, UBL.The event shall have over 30 street food vendors catering to the public from 10:00am to midnight. The event is a mirror of other street food festivals held in numerous cities around the world like Paris, Berlin, London, Manila and Brussels, just to mention but a few.

From sunrise to sunset the streets will be buzzing with activity with every other stall premise creatively set up as either a café or restaurant with Kampala City Council Authority giving the greenlight on the fun food event. There will also be music, dance and drinks all perfectly placed under one historic venue, Parliamentary Avenue located between the IPS building and Jumbo Plaza. Entry to the event is free.

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Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ Campaign to highlight Sexual Harassment  

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Nile Breweries under its flagship brand Nile Special has launched a behavioral change campaign dubbed “No Excuse” with the aim of addressing the predicament of sexual harassment in the country. The brand will address the subject by calling for smart drinking measures among its consumers,since alcohol abuse has been identified as one of the primary catalysts for sexual harassment.The aim of the ‘No Excuse’ campaign is to:

• shine a spotlight on the  sexual harassment problem.

• to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes

• to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this act

• challenge the public to take appropriate action against perpetrators of sexual harassment

• encourage stakeholders to support the victims to access appropriate support services.

Attention is increasingly being paid to the prevalence of this vice in Uganda. Whether this is down to more cases being reported or the abuse is on the rise, is a matter worth investigating. What is certain, is that the public space in which women can freely express themselves must be guarded. This calls for collective reflection by all stakeholders on the measures to be undertaken to ensure that every individuals rights and freedom are protected as enshrined in the constitution under Article 20.Utilizing the brand’s online platforms, the campaign will implore the public have its say on what constitutes sexual harassment. The information will be curated and the data presented into a communication campaign to both raise awareness and also educate the public about sexual harassment while changing people’s attitudes and beliefs.

 Francis Nyende, the Nile Special Brand Manager said, “It is a good thing that the plight of women regarding sexual harassment is edging to the fore of the national discourse. But it’s also rather disturbing that almost daily there’s a story about a woman that has been sexually harassed. As one of the leading Ugandan brands we have decided to champion the cause. ”Our ultimate goal is to reduce and prevent the incidences of sexual harassment, which affects the lives of too many women, both directly and indirectly, and thereby make a much safer society.

“Some of the places where women are more susceptible to sexual harassment is during the nightlife (bars, discos etc). At certain hours of the night, after consuming a couple of bottles, some men throw caution to the wind at the expense of the women. So we are here to educate revelers that they should drink smart, there’s no excuse for sexual harassment,” says Nyende.

Ms. Gloria Nakafeero, the Commissioner Gender and Women Affairs, Ministry of Gender,

Labour and Social Development said, “We are using the ‘No Excuse’ campaign as a catalyst to

get people to question themselves and their behaviors. We are aware that by identifying the problem we shall need to do more to try and create meaningful change.  So by raising awareness about the issue, the existing laws and policies as well as the existing support services, we will contribute towards positive change in attitudes to make sexual harassment “inexcusable” and unacceptable and demand positive actions towards the elimination of sexual harassment.

I am happy to be associated with the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign.  It always starts with a simple insight. What rings true for me was the idea that in Uganda, whenever we observe or encounter of sexual harassment, we’re inclined to absent ourselves of any responsibility – or worse still, excuse behaviour that’s totally inexcusable.”  Article 24 of the constitution protects the dignity of every one in Uganda. No person shall be subjected to any form of inhuman or degrading treatment. This includes respect of a person to their psychological or mental wellbeing.

Enough is enough. Let’s stop excusing sexual harassment. Learn more at the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign websitewww.noexcuse.ug

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