Don’t judge me or judge me if you so desire but when I was younger (not so long ago by the way), I was not proud to be from my country. I just did not see what was so amazing about my country. We had like what? One fido-dido, one bon-apetit restaurant and one cinema that looked like someone’s living room. I on the other hand wanted the big things like Mcdonalds, disney world, endless ice-cream places and so much more.
I just felt like I was in the wrong country, and when people thought me mixed race, or Indian I jumped a little…*yesss, I clearly don’t belong here…so glad am not the only one who sees that.* Long story short I have come around over the years, I guess DSTV had a role in this. Give a girl limitless TV channels and she will calm down.
For the longest time I remained lukewarm until my biggest breakthrough…I really am grateful to google. There I was, young and restless with irrelievable insomnia searching for ways to get more grounded in my roots. I found Keep a Child Alive, which led me to Alive Medical Services that later led me to the two doctors who have had such an immense impact on my life, and then I fell in love with being Ugandan.
How did these two people ignite this sense of national consciousness? I was moved beyond expression by how dedicated these doctors were to helping the community. They worked effortlessly for a cause they believed in, a cause that has such a positive impact on my country. They didn’t do it for themselves alone but for the people and their country too. Being in constant communication and close proximity with them literally changed my outsight. It is not what my country can do for me but what I can do for my country. Now, with my cleared sight, I see many movers, shakers and changers doing everything they can to promote our country. We have got the artists, the writers, the speakers, the campaigners and the workers (among others) who are introducing new ideas and new ways to benefit us.
I want to be part of this crew that effects the change.
My country is different from what it was many years back, we might not be where we want to be, but we are somewhere between good and best and we are working to get to best. We need to get down, dirty and involved in our community for the good of everyone so that when the question is posed, ‘why are you proud to be Ugandan?’ I hope you will have an answer such as this, ‘I am proud to be Ugandan because I have been part of the change.’