Reviews & Profiles
Living and Loving it: Why I celebrate my dear country
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 00:00
If there is one thing I like about Uganda, it is the weather! It is easy to take it for granted but when you have been elsewhere such as Nairobi where the cold can be unrelenting or Sudan where the heat is close to unbearable, you realise how blessed we are. In addition to that, we have fertile soils.
Of course, things are changing and because we do not take care of the land well, we are losing the nutrients it holds. That said, there are many parts of the country where you can pretty much throw a seed into the ground and it will grow without as much care and attention.
My parents have gardens both in their home in a suburb in Kampala and in the village. All my neighbours as well as we, have gardens that either grow flowers or food.
If you have read Daily Monitor’s Homes gardening section, you will find that you can even grow strawberries in a bathtub, provided you pick some good soil. It just shows you that the country is just bursting to grow stuff.
Then there are the people. Only Ugandans can do some crazy things and get away with them.
How do you explain a man who puts up a house in the middle of a road in the middle of an estate? How do you explain people who have weddings costing millions of shillings that they can ill afford?
Yes, we do have some pretty crazy people, but we also have some wonderful human beings in this nation. It is why many people say we are a friendly people.
Of course we are also such con artists, but that does not take away the fact that we are helpful.
People do usually help direct you to a place if you are lost, host you to a nice luwombo dinner if you are new to the country and are a workmate, and share some food with you in the hospital should you be in lack.
This is also a country with such a rich variety of foods. I do know that other nations have as many fruits and foods, but it seems ours are more succulent and natural, more nutritious and filling.
We also have pretty ingenious people who think of ways of making life a little easier for someone to get around things. There is the boda man who will be able to beat the mad traffic and get you to that meeting on time.
There’s the taxi driver who will wiggle the car down a footpath and come as close as possible to your gate to save you the 15 metre walk to the main road. There is the fruits, chai and food woman who will bring the meal right to your office and even give you some on credit.
Of course there are things we should be worried and continue making noise about – our health care system, our education, the mortality rate, the corruption and so much more. But even as we do so, let us remember the things we have that other countries don’t and be glad for them.
Let us do our part as citizens even as we task the government to do its part. I believe that even though we should not be proud of our government, we should be proud of our country and do what we can to live it a better place for our children.