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Illusions of a Bachelor: Big Brother Tree

By Aaron Aroriza, Uganda: The sun shone with fury on that hot May Day afternoon. And somewhere up in a mango tree, half a dozen little boys sat on a big branch waiting in anticipation under the cover of the still green leaves. This tree was a good companion indeed. It provided mangoes seasonally – mangoes that never saw maturity […]

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Illusions of a Bachelor: Happy Father’s Day

By Aaron Aroriza, Uganda: My Auntie's house-help had told me Angela was a real angel. She had described her as a beautiful girl with an angelic smile. Her eyes were like those of a calf: Ameisho genyeina, she said. Her legs were like banana stems: Amaguru gemitumba. Her bum was that of ekishaab (I haven't found the English name for […]

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Illusions of a Bachelor: Francis and Fiancee

By Aaron Aroriza, Uganda: I've always wondered: If a scorpion stung itself out of recklessness or out of juvenile curiosity, would it perhaps die from the poison?  Maybe a scorpion's sting can't curl that much. So a scorpion might be, just like humans can't lick their own elbows, unable to sting itself. But I've seen snakes coil to positions that […]

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Illusions of a Bachelor: Generals in Big Brother House

By Aaron Aroriza, Uganda: I was preparing to write about this whole general thing in my country – I mean the general situation we are having with this general letter. But then I happened to espy something on my facebook wall about our current representative in the Big Brother Africa house – Denzel, God bless him. Judging from the comments […]

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Illusions of a Bachelor: Milly’s phony pastor

By Aaron Aroriza, Uganda: I was told of a certain church whose committee made it a habit to slip 10,000 shilling notes in ten different hymn books every Sunday to stimulate attendance. I'm told their marketing strategy has worked like a miracle. Every Sunday, there are ten lucky miracle money receivers who go back home and tell the tale to […]

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