Allan Brian Ssenyonga

The rains are back with the same lessons from past years

On Saturday, I woke up to what I initially thought was a joke. I found that my friends had responded to a Facebook provision that made it clear that they were safe thanks to the floods that hit Nairobi on Thursday. For the first time, the engineers at Facebook thought it necessary to help users to...

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Kenya’s political heirs humbled by ‘brotherhood’ once again

“This is today?” Those were the first words from a friend of mine in Nairobi soon after I shared a tweet by RailaOdinga with the wording, “Had the pleasure of meeting my brother, Uhuru Kenyatta for discussions on issues afflicting Kenya. We have resolved that the future [of] our...

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

Leaders should be aware of their duties at all times

This past week has had some tough events that have left the region in a reflective mood. In Uganda the sad news that a one Susan Magara who had been kidnapped and held by her tormentors for over 20 days was found dumped by the roadside, lifeless. This sad event cast a light on the role of security...

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12:00 AM

With golf, our tourism can actually tee off to better greens

If you are reading this allow me to start by declaring that I find the game of golf to be very boring and also hard to understand. This may not make much sense considering that when people tell me that cricket is a boring and confusing game I silently want to delete their phone and email contacts...

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

EAC's border crossings deserve much better attention

February has few days but this year it has come with a lot of action in those few days. I mean who would have guessed that it would be the month in which South Africa’s most controversial leader; Jacob Zuma finally bows out to make way for Cyril Ramaphosa. Or that while we were all catching...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

What price are we willing to pay while on our roads?

According to current projections from those concerned, Uganda’s biggest road project will be open to users by the end of March. I am talking about the Entebbe Expressway that was constructed with the aim of making it easy for travellers to make it from Kampala city to Entebbe in the shortest...

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

Radio’s frequency has changed but the melodies linger

February eventually got here and those who felt squeezed by January (some have called it Njaanuary or Januworry) could breathe a sigh of relief. January is considered to be a torturous month for many thanks to the fact that the previous salary never makes it this far. Being the month when school...

Sunday, February 4, 2018, 12:00 AM

Boda bodas are just a mirror reflection of our societies

In most of East Africa they are called Boda Boda. In the areas where French was the language of the coloniser, they are called Taxi Moto, which is a more descriptive name given that they are indeed motorcycle taxis. Legend has it that the boda boda phenomenon started somewhere in Busia with ‘...

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:00 AM

The SGR train will get here, but we should be ready

The media served us with cool photos and stories of Rwandan President, Paul Kagame meeting with his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli. I particularly loved the photo that graced The New Times showing both presidents smiling and facing in the same direction. Is it not interesting to note...

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

We should broaden our understanding of success in school

It is that time of the year that my media colleagues often refer to as the silly season. This is the time that examination bodies in our countries announce the outcome from the previous year’s national examinations. The ritual is always the same. It starts by a story telling us that the...

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Knee-jerk reactions will not make our roads safer

At the beginning of the festive season, I did write something urging those on the road to be cautious so as not to leave people in tears after fatal accidents. I want to believe that some took heed of my message and others employed common sense to avoid any tragic twists to the holiday. Of course...

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

2017 has been quite an eventful year in East Africa

Today marks the last day on the 2017 calendar. We can all agree that this year has been quite an eventful one with so much happening in this region called East Africa. Around this time many are taking stock of what they year has been for them and also noting down targets and goals for the New Year...

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Getting the best out of the Christmas ‘village tourism’

Last week I wrote about road safety and the need for those driving from the urban areas to the rural areas, to exercise some level of caution while on the road. This time of the year is well known for a spike in road accidents partly because of the so many drivers that are unfamiliar with driving...

Sunday, December 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

The festive season should be joyful; drive with caution

The end of the year is called the festive season not only because of the big days on the Christian calendar but also because like a last cricket batsman would say, people love to finish (the year) in style. It is considered a big accomplishment to finish the year and embark on a new one, even for...

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

The day I overdosed on nature along the mighty River Nile

My mind can sometimes prove to be more adventurous than a teenager backpacker roaming across the African continent. I woke up thinking about the mighty River Nile. This river is not only the longest in the world at 6,853km; it literally gives life to Sudan and Egypt. It runs from Uganda all the...

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

The humbling experience of trekking gorillas

Sometimes travel guidelines should come with a colour code to show the level of importance one ought to attach to them. I think in a bid not to worry prospective tourists the guidelines are made to sound like soft suggestions. This was my first observation the moment we started our trek in the...

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Using every chance to market your country and region

In 1979, Bob Marley released one of his best albums titled Survival which featured the song Africa Unite. The song is crafted along the calls by Marcus Garvey for Africans outside Africa to return to their motherland or to their Father’s land, a reference to the continent that gave us Haile...

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tourism players should prepare to adjust to the open borders

A few months back when I learnt that I had a trip to make to Ghana, the first thing that came to my mind was whether I needed a visa to get it. I looked it up and had to confirm with like three other different sources before being sure. Lucky enough Ghana did not require a Ugandan to have a visa...

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Are our young people resources, statistics or merely slaves

In these past weeks, the news mill became quite exhausting for me that I nearly pulled the plug. For many years I have done my best to keep abreast with current affairs. However the recent months have had me feeling burnt out for ‘hearing only bad news on Radio Africa’ as Latin Quartier...

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: Memorable moments in the humid streets of Accra

If like me you have been lucky enough to travel around a bit, then I’m sure you are familiar with that request to “bring me something from there.” Some people give you the option to bring anything – which to be fair, only makes your life harder than it already was. Others will be specific with...

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

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