I prefer doing work that matches my personality

Sunday November 24 2019



Charles Ssemwezi Kabogozza with his family

Charles Ssemwezi Kabogozza with his family  

By CHRISTINE KATENDE

The first thing I do in the morning…
I say a prayer, check the news for information about what is happening in the world before starting to work. I am lucky to have my offices near home. This takes me a few minutes to get to office.

The first thing I do when I get to work…
I start planning for clients, taking into consideration the needs of each client, and how I have to deliver. But when it is not a peak season, I use the same space and time to do Q-Vibes brand activations.

How I juggle my roles...
I changed from academia to acting (my talent), I had to choose a business that rhymes with what I do.
I feel what I do but I am always behind the scenes, and it is fun when people appreciate my work. I shifted offices to my home so that I can have time for my family. Even my children know and respect my time when it comes to work.

My most cherished memory…
In 1989, I was about seven years when they took me to the Lugogo Indoor Stadium to watch Philly Bongoley Lutaya. He was a musician I idolised and I believe my mother knew how much I loved him.
When I saw him walk onto the stage, I ran past the security and he carried me. I think that is the most up-close moment I have ever got from a celebrity that will never be written off my heart.

My first kiss…
(What an ugly confession) I was in Senior Three at King’s College, Budo when we went camping at Kaazi. We met the girls from Bweranyangi Girls’ Secondary School, Bushenyi.
Despite being shy, I kissed a girl, I do not remember her name but her lips. Thank God we were never caught. She was my first girlfriend though the relationship only lasted for the days we went camping.

My memorable experience…
In 2006, I was invited to be part of a Christmas production. I took the main role of father with a beautiful girl from Makerere University Business School (MUBS) to act as my wife. This girl was so beautiful that I even failed to act for the first time. I did not need to rehearse but to be natural and make the production perfect. That was the best experience and I live it everyday because I married her and now we have five children.

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My favourite female local actress…
Stella Nante (she acted as Jackie in Deception and Salvado’s wife in the Second Chance NTV series), she has acted in a number of roles in different productions. I admire her talent and it is very sad that not so many people know her abilities.

My best friend…
It is hard to choose because I am outgoing and I have had so many special friends who have stood by me in distinctive times especially (my lowest moments). There is however, that friend, the Lt Brian Bukenya who holds a special place in my heart. He was my bestman but he died when I was supposed be his bestman. Yes, so many friends have come close to him but none has taken away his place (RIP).

My current job…
I have always been a businessman and thank God for that. When I was a freshman at the university I started Millennium contractors a company that flourished given the work we were doing. I later started intelligent Business Solutions which is still running to date.

What I love about being an employer…
Being accountable to numerous people. There are times when business gets tight with so many bills to clear but whenever I think of my staff, it gears me up and my honest character helps me a lot, I am true to myself as well as to everyone. I cannot cheat someone just because I was cheated by a client, I have invested a lot in my integrity and persona.

What I dislike about my job…
It is terrible when business is scarce, the situation gets tough and also when we are cheated especially by individual clients. This come with a lot costs to be cleared but the love I have for what I do keeps me going hence overcoming the challenges.

My biggest regret in life…
Bringing hypocrites close to me. These have betrayed me despite how good I have been to them and what I have done in their lives.

The best advice…
When I was leaving Kings’ College, Budo after my UACE exams, my Economics teacher told me “Charles you are going into the world, but if you know and understand your problem, you surely find the solution.” I have lived to see it especially with clients, who insult me but I disprove them with the quality of my work.

What I will never do…
Nothing that I say I will never do. I was as idealistic then as a young man where I could judge friends but I stopped because you surely cannot tell what happens in someone’s life. I only decided to try and be true to what I believe is right. So I reject anything that may affect my inner self but I will embrace anything if it makes me comfortable no matter what others will say.

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