16 February 2013

Uganda: Mannerism - When the School You Went to Stalks You

If you went to a private school or maybe attended a school you are hesitant to mention in your history pages, then anyone from a more traditional school (they call them schools with names) will tell you that you did not go to high school. They will also inform you that the schools they went to have a legacy older than that of the nation.

They are the schools that have nurtured generations of a single family and shaped the history of the nation through the works of their alumni.

It is no secret that even decades after an alumnus is done with the school, they will still make up an excuse to invoke the school they went to and of course with a worthy adjective for the school in tow. Attend one of the numerous get-togethers or old-boy-old-girl association dinners and you will be totally left out as men in their 40s have key holders and car stickers, saying "I am a Budonian", "Ngonian", name it.

Accompany your spouse to one of these events and your Bweyogerere Standard High School history will be a spectacle to be spat on, for several years out of their old high school, the school continues following them - their outlook to life, social skills or the lack of, dress sense, name it.

While we might generalise these as stereotypes, you might actually amuse yourself finding out that some of them are true. Let us just take a ride through common typecasts to this effect, a number of which sourced from several of you the readers and social media enthusiasts. HERE WE GO...

Gayaza High: Homemakers:

The girls are said to be ladies although at times they tend to exaggerate this. You would not expect a Gayaza Girl to jump over a ditch or a fence even during a riot. They love the natural look although are obsessive over their hair. Someone even suggested that their confidence supersedes that of Golola. They make the ideal wives or are rather way too good homemakers. They are also said to be proud and hard to seduce probably because they are really good Christians.

Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya:

Ladies as graceful as her rarely come from Uganda. She has been a lawyer, diplomat, politician, Hollywood actress and model. She is so Gayaza, alright!

Lady Justice Julia Sebutinde:

She is the no nonsense presiding judge in the International Court of Justice.

Maggie Kigozi:

She was once the executive director of Uganda Investment Authority and is currently a management consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Kings college budo: snobs?

Eight out of every 10 people we asked about the alumni of King's College Budo suggested that people who have attended the school tend to be pointlessly arrogant and proud. Others intimated that Budo "people" have an overriding air of self-importance and are big posers.

"They feel they deserve a planet of their own," Joy, a Makerere University student, says.

Budo old students apparently take the whole "king's" thing too far. They are steadfast with their "I am a Budonian" stickers that impose on their cars, office doors and workstations. Although not many said good things about them, Budo girls were regarded as warm and welcoming, unlike their boys.

The many negative things might, on the other hand, be as a result of envy, for the respondents did not have the luxury of going to Budo.

Certain things though are for sure about Budo old students - they tend to make it big in life, are hard workers, have goods loads of honesty about them and are highly cultured and love classy and beautiful stuff.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) boss Jennifer Musisi aka Iron Lady falls here. And if anything from Budo rubbed off onto her, you can see it in her works as the head honcho at KCCA - successfulness taking the lead. She is known to be principled and a stalwart with her ideals. She is responsible for the current beautification of Kampala.

Notables include several royals, politicians, authors, name them, the likes of Sir Edward Mutesa II, the 35th Kabaka of Buganda and first President of Uganda, the late Omukama of Toro David Kamurasi III and the late Kyabazinga of Busoga Henry Wako Muloki. Others are Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, former Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi, John Ssebaana Kizito, Aggrey Awori and author Okot P'Bitek, etc.

Ntare: The school?

The new generation of Ntare products keep introducing themselves as the school, which produced two presidents.

They are said to be good debaters, eloquent, although, honestly, nowadays that is debatable.

They also have a good reserve of pride although it is subtle and they will not put it in your face.

They are also known to be hyperactive and some of them might digress to being rowdy, of course, excluding His Excellency the President, who also happens to be an old boy of the school.

Dr. Tom Rushedge: Few people can claim to live a life as colourful as that of the Old Fox, as he was popularly known.

Rushedge was not only a doctor, musician, cartoonist and teacher, but he was also a celebrated author. His column was notorious for revealing his outrageous escapades.

Paul Kagame: The Rwandan president seems to have bagged a couple of traits from his former school.

He is said to be adept at speeches, is very principled and highly incorruptible.

Mt. St Mary's Namagunga: Assertive:

They are said to be too principled and always have to play by the rules. Give them a code of conduct and they will stick to it to the letter.

Smart, assertive, always want to win arguments, they are said to be ardent feminist untamable with their passion.

You do not easily walk a Namagunga girl down the aisle; you might have to do some serious sweating first.

They are politically-charged and in most cases, you will not win an argument against them even if you are right.

Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe:

The physician and former vice-president is known to be ambitious, headstrong and confident. She has been at the forefront in advocacy for women's affairs.

Winnie Byanyima:

The former Mbarara Municipality MP was the first female aeronautics engineer in Uganda.

She was part of the liberation struggle in the 1980s and is viewed as an ambitious and strong woman.

She spearheaded the censure of some ministers during her tenure in parliament. She is now the executive director of Oxfam International, a global humanitarian relief organisation.

Kiira College Butiki: Freestylers:

They are said to be easy-going "freestylers" although they have a penchant for being rough and unhinged when provoked, with a sort of reckless fun-loving touch.

They too seem to have a testosterone overload and tend to be sporty, while leaning more on the creative industry side.

You do not want to be on their wrong side for they are vocal too. Flamboyant city lawyer Julius Galisonga lies here. They are allegedly control freaks too.

Among prominent old boys are musician Moses Sekibogo aka Mowzey Radio. He is the other half of the notorious Gudlyfe duo who, although immensely talented, tend to shoot themselves in the foot with feuds and abrasive encounters.

He is definitely Butiki material. Lugaflo used-to-be-king GNL Zamba also belongs here.

Maurice Mugisha, television anchor, who away from the screen, embodies the easy-going freestyle outlook and of course the testosterone overload, also represented in his suaveness with the ladies.

MP Bugweri Abdu Katuntu is known to keep other legislators on their toes. He is eloquent too.

Kitante Hill: Relentless:

They are said to be rebellious, confident and explorative. They are not good dressers, prefer lewd Luganda slang even though they are said to be eloquent in English.

Perhaps one of their most popular alumni is the one and only Kizza Besigye.

The now retired Forum for Democratic Change boss has been known to be relentless, adamant, incessant and headstrong.

In some of his demonstrations, he has faced off with anti-riot police. Even in his retirement, he still seems to be active.

Ghetto president Bobi Wine was in Kitante too and definitely plays the part.

He has glorified street life, worn a badman persona and of course, sung Tugambire ku Jennifer, a headstrong song decrying the acts of Jennifer Musisi and Kampala Capital City Authority.

Namasagali: Fun lovers:

Liberal and broad-minded, they are said to be fun-loving and into the arts.

They are eloquent although they tend to overtalk when given the chance to say something. The guys are ladies' men.

The ladies know how to enjoy themselves or have fun.

Gender aside, all sagali alumni are a tad too flamboyant, of course, taking after the legendary Father Grimes, who is known to have inculcated huge sums of character and culture in his charges.

Some of the former students are Parliament speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Robert Kabushenga, chief executive officer of the New Vision Group of Companies, singer Juliana Kanyomozi and radio personality Alex Ndawula.

Namilyango: Women's men:

These gentlemen know how to treat women well

Norbert Mao - Democratic Party 2011 presidential candidate

Pastor Martin Sempa of Makerere Community Chapel and AIDS activist

Ronnie "DJ Mitch" Egwang - Television, radio personality and events host

Lawrence Mulindwa - President, Federation of Uganda Football Associations and headmaster of St. Mary's College Kitende


The guys from St. Mary's College Kisubi (SMACK) are said to be brilliant, but socially-inept and awkward.

They are said to suffer from the boy's school syndrome and are not good with the ladies.

In fact, they are never decided about women and have high likelihood of having bad relationships.

They prefer to hang out in cliques even to their mid-adulthood. They also tend to have big egos and are too serious with life.

They are reserved and too calm. They are steadfast with their Mr. Edward Ssekandi - vice-president of Uganda.

He was once the speaker before he ascended to the vice-presidency. He comes off as reserved and a tad too calm.

Fr. Anthony Musaala - He, of course, is the unreserved and quintessential priest known for his rather un-priestly dance moves.

Charles Mbiire - He is a well-known and successful businessman who has a substantial stake in the MTN telecom company. With his hardwork and serious-with-life approach, he has SMACK written all over him.

Mwiri: Too Rough?

They over believe in the whole brotherhood thing and always stand by their own.

They are said to be really kin on the bottle, social and running on testosterone overload so they come out as masculine and at times too rough or shabby.

Unlike alumni of other traditional and big named schools, Mwirians as they are called, blend in easily with everyone else.

Milton Obote:

The first president of Uganda was not only brilliant he was also known to be quite a socialite in his days.

Did he come out as masculine and at times rough? Well, even although you would say he was a gentleman, he also had his fair rough spates.

Nabisunsa Girls:

They are said to be over-confident.

Syda Bumba - the Gender, Labour and Social Development minister.

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