Views from Fiona: How to be a Ugandan
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Views from Fiona: How to be a Ugandan


Fiona's take on Ugandans.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: September 17, 2006


There are certain things that differentiate Ugandans from other people. Men and women alike in Uganda do these things that precisely set them apart from others. These peculiarities range from politics, business to social lifestyles and have been taken by Ugandans as the true norm of how things are done.

BUSINESS
One of these concerns how Ugandans make their living. A Ugandan enters and leaves business in the same way- dubiously. In Uganda business entities come up and disappear in the same way. Sometimes if the fad is a take-out joint, a bar or mobile phone shop, it will last approximately six months before it ultimately folds. Interestingly its only Ugandans who will invest in multiple businesses- related or not. If she or he was into cosmetics, don't get shocked if you find the same person clearing his/her container of used Japanese cars from Nakawa URA bond... or electronics for that matter. They have no fear in doing any business whether they have the knowledge of the said business or not. To a Ugandan if the business does not make profit for the lack of clients he/she will then move on to another business equally without plan.

TREATMENT
In Uganda its rare for individuals that are not sick to go for regular check ups or treatment. A true Ugandan will only visit a hospital either when they are seriously sick, when the person has not been feeling well for sometime, or wait until they faint and need to be whisked to a treatment establishment while in critical condition. Then again it's known that it is Ugandans who call Diabetes sukal (sugar)- now that's a mystery only known to Ugandans how the two can be one and the same. Don't squint your eyelids if a Ugandan described themselves or someone they know as having sukali... they are simply telling you that they are diabetic.

BAR HOPING
By their nature Ugandans love hanging out and they raid happening places like no tomorrow. It is no wonder when a new spot opens in town everyone will hit the joint daily and within a few months move on to another... leaving the 'spot' to fold.

Kampalans love to party. The night scene is loved by the young and old alike but alas they can't hang in one spot all night long. So they check out place to place until they retire for the night.

Another peculiar thing is in east Africa its Ugandans who drink beer with a straw!

SPORTS
Most Ugandans love sports like everybody else in the world. The Ugandan girls however take it a notch further. Two or three years ago girls were into European football either because they like it or because their current boyfriend digs it. But now that is a thing of the past. The new fad is rugby and sample any rugby game, either at Kyadondo or any other rugby pitch, the sisters will come in droves. And guess what? You would be excused if you thought it was fashion week. The babes dress to kill! Interestingly a few girls know a thing about rugby but all the same they cheer on. Last Saturday Uganda Rugby Cranes were battling Morocco 's national team and after the final whistle the girls took to the pitch on the lap of honor only to be told that actually we had lost. Uganda lost 3-5.

You only have to live in Uganda for a few months to pick these oddities. There are those who will tell you to 'extend' meaning "move-over" or "make space" for someone else to sit. As if humans are elastic!!? How about those trying the Nigeria English accent which is irritating if you ask me.

(Laugh Out Loud)... Only in Uganda.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: September 17, 2006
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