20 April 2008

Uganda: Over 800 Nkumba Students Graduate

Kampala — ACCOMPLISHED woman entrepreneur Tereza Kabahita Mbire, 73, has received an honorary doctorate from Nkumba University for being a committed entrepreneur.

City lawyer Allan Ssenkatuuka Shonubi and US-based Uganda geoscientist Dr. Samuel Mukasa were also warded honorary doctorates for excellent professionalism and hardcore academics respectively.

The three joined 883 graduands who received post-graduate and bachelors degrees as well as diplomas and certificates on Saturday at Nkumba University.

A total of 71 students got post-graduate degrees in humanities and sciences, 536 bagged bachelors degrees, 256 got both post-graduate and undergraduate diplomas and 17 got certificates.

The university chancellor, Dr. Margaret Kigozi, presided over the function.

Mbire said there were 10 secrets behind her success. She called them "The 10 Tereza Mbire principals of success and triumph."

Mbire shared five and referred the audience to her book, The shaping of a destiny, An African Woman's story of challenges, perseverance and triumph, for two more. Mbire retained the three to be divulged at a price to whoever was interested.

Mbire said the first secret was skill. Everybody has skills they can exploit to lead them to their destiny.

The others were rationality or common sense, which people ignore. The third, she said, was luck or being in the right place at the right time.

She added that people should rid their lives of negativity. The fourth was action and the fifth was a will to endure and receive.

Mbire, a teacher trained as a hotelier in Israel in the 1960s, was the first executive housekeeper of Apollo Hotel now, Sheraton Hotel. She founded the Uganda Women's Entrepreneurs Association, started the first garment plant, and opened the first interior décor and launched the first sliced bread, known as Home Pride. Dr. Mukasa has authored 24 books on geology and chemistry.

Shonubi, a specialist in corporate law, said people should be honest and also save.

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