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IS BEING UGANDAN SUCH A BIG EMBARRASSMENT?! OR IS SHOWCASING OUR UGANDANESS SUCH A CRIME?

So hello

Its Wednesday and Queen of Katwe premiered on Saturday, so when I rant today, its not exactly old news!!

So most of us know Timothy Kalyegira or have atleast heard of Him. For those who do not, well he is one of the most re known journalists and brilliant writers in Uganda, he has brilliant work, mostly known for his Facebook page, Kampala Express. and his work with daily monitor.

Of recent he took to social media and slammed the one movie that has made every single Ugandan proud!! He called it an embarrassment!! To the point that when it premiered, he walked out ..take this..following a white woman..after 20 minutes!!  In short he insulted all Ugandans acting in the movie for you know.. being Ugandan!!

You know it’s sad to see a veteran like Kalyegira be stupid. (you are my elder and for this am sorry) but some things need to be said. Honestly why would a Ugandan be so against something typically Ugandan!! If I were to be any angry about this movie, it would be that they had to put Hollywood actors who are not Ugandan to take up lead roles, but I understood that and took a chill pill, after all Phiona Mutesi in the movie was Ugandan. You know, one expects people like Kalyegira to be all about Uganda and the Ugandaness that comes with it, but imagine the disappointment when you finally realise that all along you were being sold BS.  Kalyegira were is your patriotism? were is your love for self? where is your identity? By the way like it or not Kalyegira you are a black man, a Ugandan, and that will never change, despite the number of white women you will keep following in and out of theatres!! You can bleach your skin to a crispy tomato red like that of a your typical European suffering a severe sun burn, change your name to Mr. Jones of Manor farm, better yet you can be Napoleon the sell out or even get adopted by the Queen of England but Sir you will still be Ugandan, same blood will run through your veins, and your burial land will still be some were west of this great land! so deal with it and learn to accept and love your self.

You can actually be my father but I have more sense and love of self than you do and that is extremely sad to the point of pain. This love for foreign cultures and hate of self should be typical of people my age, not veteran seniors and role models of this nation. I respected and loved your work, my late Grand father loved you but he now must be rolling over in his grave so violently that I even pity the poor mans skeletal bones!!

Anyways for as long as my brain, values and ethics are still soundly functional, even a quarter of that functionality, I can never read your work again, because now all I will be seeing is the self hate beneath it, and that’s not my cup of tea and neither is hypocrisy!!! You know Old senseless (again you are my senior in age and am sorry..but its true) people like you are a reason why white people will always treat us like we are beneath them, you put them on a pedestal and then you kneel at its feet and worship them!!!  BUT you know what Kalyegira, Put them there,  however I can assure you that we of this generation will take them off and take back our place…ON TOP OF THAT PEDESTAL, THEN WORSHIP OUR SELVES FOR THE GREAT PEOPLE WE ARE!!

SHAME ON YOU KALYEGIRA!!
YOUR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY THE REASON FOR SELLING OFF OUR NATIONAL THEATRE!!
#SHAME #ON #YOU #KALYEGIRA

Till Next time

Pisced Vidah!!

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TEN DAYS OF UGANDA NATIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE/NATIONAL THEATRE

Hello Reader.

Two weeks ago I resurrected my blog that I had ignored for a solid two years and the whole reason for this was saving the UNCC. I blogged about it and 64 of you shared and 23 of you read it and honestly I was happy.

However I have come to realise many of us do not know the depth of what exactly is going on, or even the magnitude of what we are bound to lose. It has not yet fully settled in our minds that the UNCC is one of the things that make up Uganda’s very core. Every single Ugandan even those of this generation have a personal story to tell about the National Theatre/UNCC, some more than others but still an overwhelming number of us have attachments to This place and some of these we hold very close to our heart. I For one met my very Good bordering on sister friend there, and now am also horribly crushing on some dude there (SEE VERY VERY PERSONAL INDEED haha).  But on a more serious note when UNCC is “re developed” I can guarantee you that this is going to shake  each and everyone  of us to the very core of who we are.

 

Any way what is 10 days of UNCC  all about. Simple. I took  Nine core reasons why I think National theatre should not be “re developed” and now I am dedicating a blog day to each single one to expand on them and explain why exactly they are a reason to save UNCC. The 10th day however is today, and  today I will give general knowledge and roles of UNCC.

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The black, yellow, red and a shield placed before the UNCC structure logo. That shield is a double symbol, it symbolises culture its self and also it being placed before the UNCC symbolises the need to always protect the very culture it symbolises.

So going  to the point, UNCC was established by the UNCC act in 1959 (that was later amended in 1965). It was inaugurated  under the act and it was tasked with three major roles:

  1. Providing and Establishing Theatres and Cultural centres in the country
  2. Encouraging and developing Cultural activities
  3. Providing a home to societies, groups and organisations that deal in Culture, Art and entertainment.

MISSION 

To preserve, promote, popularize and develop Uganda’s Culture and Art through setting standards, building capacity and implementing relevant national policies.

VISION

A vibrant institution guided by unity in diversity, integrity and relevance to national development. nourishing, celebrating and promoting Culture and Art.

The Official Website of the Government of Uganda describes the UNCC/National Theatre as a statutory body that is tasked with the responsibility:

  • To preserve, promote and popularize Uganda’s cultural Heritage locally and Internationally.
  • To educate and entertain public through Theatre and Film.

So one may wonder why am i Going through all this mission and Vision Statement mambo Jambo. I mean no one reads this stuff atleast I don’t!!  But my reason is in a very simple question:

WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THE UNCC ROLES, TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AFTER IT IS LOST?

What happens to the cultural promotion locally and internationally? What happens to the Heritage it is supposed to protect, promote and preserve? the History embedded in its old wash down walls? the Freedom of diversity it stands for or the freedom to be Ugandan that we all fight for everyday? the Love for nation?  the stories we tell about it or those we were told? And what happens to the  Ugandan Cultural Identity, when the UNCC is gone?!! Where will we stand together as one to say, we may have different ethinic backgrounds but at the end of it all we are one…UGANDA!!  WHERE? So what do we do now? Do we just let it all go, do we just let FIFTY SEVEN years of Ugandan Core Identity  get washed down the drain? Or do we just transfer all this to another theatre that is not even a decade old and does not have a leak of regulatory experience?  WAY TOO MANY QUESTIONS WITH NO ANSWERS!

Whoever speaks on behalf of the “re development” project keeps saying that they are not demolishing the place but redeveloping it however I need you to put this in mind, they do not intent to touch the UNCC whatsoever, but instead build a massive Mall/ offices/ apartments twin tower building in the parking lot and crafts village. At one point we all studied  deforestation and re-afforestation RIGHT? So lets look at it this way:  Mabira is an old and perfectly diversified forest right? So  Scenario one: someone comes cuts down three quarters of the trees and plants pine trees around the quarter left . Keep in mind Pine is as expensive as hell so that is  guaranteed monetary value after and for a long period of time. Scenario two: Some one comes looks for all dead trees in Mabira (which I must say that being an old forest are many) cuts them down and replaces them with Pine but  at the same time leaves the other trees in place. At the end of the day, who will benefit more? I think it’s scenario two cause he Preserves and develops at the same time!!

NOTE: Pine forests Unlike our Mabila have no base value  whatsoever I MEAN THEY ARE ALLERGIC TO AIR POLLUTION. Isn’t that the whole value of trees, you know take in the bad and give out the good??  I mean people cut down pine trees every day and no one cares but Cut down Mabila and Indians will die!!

Day #1  lets think about this. and Day #2 we shall look at HISTORY: HOW 57 YEARS  OF OUR  HISTORY ARE GOING DOWN THE DRAIN!!!

#10days_of_UNCC

#SAVE_UNCC

Vidah

 

NATIONAL THEATRE VS APARTMENT/OFFICES TWIN TOWERS

VYDA ROJAS KAZIBWE

HELLO!!

When I say National Theatre, what exactly comes to your head, what do you envision? I know most of you see an old wash down place that Uganda just cant seem to pinch off! but faced with its loss and a strategy to demolish it and build apartments and offices for ministers MPS and the rich …most probably indians (NO RACISM WHATSOEVER) you might want to think again and look at what we are bound to lose!!! I for one picture the loss of Heritage, Culture, Arts, History, Love, freedom, unity, spirit, and if you have been to the theatre and worked there like i have, you are bound to have PAN Africanism as one of the things that comes to your head that will be replaced by twin towers and the greatest of all  JOBS!!

 Well on friday last week, a team of some  architectural “Geniuses” showed up with this mega dynamic plan to “develop” the National theatre, I mean 3D plans and all!! And these geniuses THOUGHT to build the Dubai floating twin towers in the parking lot and Art culture village while  the National Theatre stays in position is a brilliant idea. We should also keep in mind that the buying body is totally unknown however its safe to say that the artists who occupy this place, well their home was sold out from under them.

So honestly  is it worthwhile to extend more offices and apartments in an important national landmark like the national theatre.!! The NT is home to many people ARTISTS, BUSINESSES, TOURISTS and so on and now we are to lose it so the ministers and MPs have other offices and the rich have better apartments. I mean the 64bn cars  while the nation starved and had no drugs in hospitals was not enough?  Now they come for the upcoming artist who was using the theatre as a stepping stone!! What happens to the thriving crafts businesses in the craft village, what happens to the movie crews and actors that use it as a premier venue? and the musicians and we the audiences? the budding dancers and the dance class teachers? what about the tourists, i mean if they wanted to see twin towers they would have gone to Dubai wouldn’t they?  SO ministers and MPs the dead cancer patients were not enough for you, now you say the Artists need to starve to death too???

Any ways they say they will keep the theatre in position and build even three more BUT what happens when a minister in the building or a rich indian renting the pent house says “there is too much noise from the theatre!!” and then what? we get displaced??

We stood and said no when it came to Mabira, we fought, we protested. Its time to rise again Uganda, we are being robbed again and this time of even a lot more that we can comprehend.

SO RAISE YOUR VOICE!! LET IT BE HEARD!!

#NOTWINTOWERS!!