Tag: By Nick Twinamatsiko

Looking Back, Series

Looking Back: Zakamwita’s Silence

By Nick Twinamatsiko, Uganda: Whenever the hour hand of the clock struck 1 pm, we sang the cherished farewell song, and started on the way home. The school, which was adjacent to the local Anglican Church, was at the common foot of the village hills, and there were tracks going up each of the hills, as well as a feeder […]

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Looking Back, Series

Looking Back: The Mzungu Myth

By Nick Twinamatsiko, Uganda: Every afternoon, throughout my first two primary school years, as a final act before breaking up for lunch, we sang a vernacular song whose lyrics were: Nkabugana orwoma nitwetambuza Omujungu yarutera embundu Ruti ndekura Osiibegye masita, twagarukayo Eshaha zietu zahika ezokutaha Kare bayi bayi, kare bayi bayi.   Loosely translated, they say: I met a walking […]

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Inspirational, Tale Africa

Meeting the Navigators

By Nick Twinamatsiko: I was a Makerere University fresher, and had come to St. Francis Chapel for an orientation week fellowship, when I met Edward. I think (perhaps with a touch of vanity) that I was one of the most well-read teenagers in the country, and one of the most ambitious. In the just-ended vacation, I had read The Picture […]

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Reflections

The Power of Words

By Nick Twinamatsiko When I was a child, maybe five or six, some phrases plunged me into utter perplexity whenever I heard them. For instance, adults used the expression, 'okuteera amabare', which directly translates to 'the knocking of stones' to describe the making of music. When their discourse turned to the war that was then raging in the country, they […]

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Short Stories, Tale Africa

Alas, no cameras were by!

By Nick Twinamatsiko: Manchester United winger Luis Nani has scored some of the most spectacular goals in contemporary football. But the celebratory back flips he typically performs after scoring are even more aesthetically satisfying than his awesome goals.  Manager Ferguson isn't very enthusiastic about the flips; mindful of the case of Lomano Lua Lua who famously injured himself after performing […]

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Reflections

Choosing between Art and Adventure

By Nick Twinamatsiko: It had become the norm for my P7 friends and I to converge at Mbarara Secondary School during our free periods. It wasn't our dream school. Our dream school was Ntare; such was our obsession with The School that we had decided that N.B didn't stand for Nota Bene, but for Ntare Boys. However, Mbarara Secondary School […]

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Reflections

The Second Coming

By Nick Twinamatsiko: Dude must have been very daring, or I must have looked very gullible. As I walked past the Osagyefo statue that stood in front of my hall of residence, he accosted me and introduced himself as the Original Osagyefo – Jesus Christ of Nazareth! I know this has the ring of fiction – I have in fact […]

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Reflections

Misinforming media

By Nick Twinamatsiko: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” I didn't – perhaps couldn't – write that; Mark Twain did. My part has been the simpler one of finding, through experience, that it's true. I don't know about you, but I find that when I have first-hand knowledge of an event […]

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