The islands of the gods

Lake Victoria. Those are ancestors trying to say something. She keeps mentioning it. The lake wasn’t that calm. It was getting dark. The boat would occasionally seem to be swinging. To the left. To the right. And there was Kassim. So calm. Smiling. Sitting on the edge of the boat. The statistics show that not

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From slave ships to migrant boats

Elmina. It is supposed to be Portuguese. Portuguese to mean Mina. A mine in English. There is no Gold. There is only salt mining. It is a fishing town in Ghana.  Wooden fishing canoes have flags lined up like the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Country flags. Football club flags. The village is on the

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Conversations on flight 337

It is 2:40am on Sunday. We are taxing. As they refer to it in the aviation sector. It is flight 337 on Ethiopian Airlines from Entebbe International Airport to Addis Ababa. A late night flight is often coupled with coldness. Within minutes, we are airborne. The view from the window is beautiful. That is because

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The friends who wanted to save money

Three years ago, friends from university had relatively stable jobs. They were looking to save some money. Money they could use to make some pooled investments. It was an easy decision to make. But there was one problem. What sort of account would they need? There were several proposals, among them a fixed deposit account.

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What Free Market. You shutdown mobile money – just like that.

“But as the sun sets on the first decade of the 21st century, that story has already become ancient history. The power of the state is back,” Ian Bremmer, The End of the Free Market. —————————————————————————————————————————————- On Election Day, frequent users of mobile money woke to a shut-down of the service. Without notification, users were

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Uganda is not performing exceptionally well. It is doing just okay.

“Once you accept that profit and greed as practised on a mass scale create the greatest possible benefits for any society, pretty much any act of personal enrichment can be justified as a contribution to the great creative cauldron of capitalism, generating wealth and spurring economic growth – even if it’s only for yourself and

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The art of “fear-mongering”

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt Isingiro. A district lacking a proper water supply system. It has a new tarmacked road. Constructed by the Chinese. A population engaged in agriculture. A population that is poor. High voltage electricity lines crisscross their land. They have limited access to electricity.

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Surprised? Don’t be. Mutebile was admitting the obvious.

“The problem of appreciating private sector constraints is reinforced by these institutions being dominated by people who have never run their own business, let alone exported a product” Andrew Rugasira (A Good African Story)   In February 2014, the Uganda Shilling began a downward trend against the US Dollar. At the time, the sentiments were

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[Guest Blog] Crystal Telecom Rwanda IPO: Why investors could cry

By Andrew Muhimbise Rwanda is a small mountainous country in the middle of Africa, it has had a stellar Public Relations performance ever since the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) took power and control of this small Nation, I mention RPF because this ruling party owns the selling shareholders: Crystal Ventures which is offering 100% of

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