5 October 2017

Uganda: What Blogger Bernard Olupot Really Thinks of Albert Einstein

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Bernard Olupot, the digital manager at Icon Logistics, is popular for his cyber activism, wrapped in captivating, sensational social media posts. The blogger and social media junkie told Quick Talk a few things about himself.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

The first thing I do when I wake up is say a prayer, quite naturally. There is no two ways about it.

Sometimes I get out of bed and kneel. Other times I just stay in bed and tell God what I would like for the day and I just submit the rest of the day into His hands; so, prayer is a good way to start the day.

Which single word best describes you?

I'm not so sure if there is one single word that would describe a human being, but if I had a gun to my head and they demanded one word, I would probably go for 'convivial'.

I am a cheerful person, a lover of fun and I'm everything joyous, good, nice and happy. I'm not too good with sadness or pain.

Wow. Tell me about your childhood.

It is awesome [Is? Not, was? Bernard is 32] I say 'is', because it is ongoing. I'm going to be a child until I die. At least a part of me will still be a child.

But my childhood was pretty interesting. My mum worked at Makerere University a long time ago; so, I interfaced with the university when I was really little.

I studied my nursery at Makerere Nursery [located at the school of Education]. I got into trouble so many times but my parents didn't spank me a lot. I remember my dad spanking me not more than three times.

Do you have kids?

I don't have kids yet; it's a work in progress [chuckles lightly]. But I'm thinking, if I had kids [reassures Quick Talk that his thoughts are hypothetical] I would be a fun, but strict dad.

I would want my kids to be readers. That, I would shove down their throats [It has not been known to work, Bernard. FYI.] They would have to appreciate art and music and be compassionate and kind. The rest is up to them.

Well, are you seeing anyone at the moment to fast-forward this kids project?

I'm not very comfortable answering this question, but I am extremely happy where I am.

... Which is at...? [after he refuses to indulge Quick Talk:] Will you at least tell me what you find most attractive about her?

Hahaha. I think my previous answer invalidates this question.

[Sigh!] Okay, tell me, would you wash her underwear?

What sort of question is this? Of course I would wash her underwear any day, every day, all day.

Wow; so, without checking, what colour of boxers are you wearing?

I have got checkered boxers on. Black and blue. Yeah. No checking, no cheating. I know it because I line them up at the start of the week and I know what is going to be worn when.

What is your typical day at home like?

My typical day at home is quite simple and straightforward.

I will either be lying in bed reading a novel or a good book, or I will be on my phone reading an eBook; or I will be on my laptop making noise online. Otherwise I will just be watching sports.

Oh, which sport are you into?

I am very big on sports. I like basketball, Formula One and football. Over the weekends, I am normally glued to TV watching quite a number of sports.

During the week, I rarely watch TV except if it is Wednesday or Tuesday and there is Champions League football.

That doesn't sound romantic to a woman's ears!

I would like to think I am a romantic at some level [chuckles] because when I am dating somebody, I try to find ways to spice up the relationship.

I mean if you are a romantic, you will find that there are some little things like writing a letter, which have been thrown out by many people. Write a letter every now and then; surprises every now and then. Really, I'd like to say I am a romantic.

Oh really?

When I'm trying to woo a girl, [laughs] well, I don't do it anymore but when I used to, I was big on romance because I know romance is a very big element for human beings.

It keeps us alive, it keeps us going. It keeps the blood in your veins moving faster, makes you feel like you are on some cloud.

Tell me about your first kiss.

My first kiss was pretty confusing. I would like to be excused from answering this question but I would like to say categorically that I am very happy where I am and I would like it to stay that way.

Moving on, tell me about your educational background.

I started school in the late 1980s at Makerere Nursery. [In 1991] I joined Bat Valley primary school up to P6. My dad then thought it pertinent to take me to a boarding school and that was Nkumba primary school.

I then went to Jinja College for my O- level and then Gombe SS for my A-level. I then joined Makerere University for my bachelor's degree in development studies. I have also done a couple of courses here and there.

Five people you would pay handsomely to dine with... ?

I would go for Bernard Shaw, because I really respect him; Jesus Christ, because I have questions for Him; Albert Einstein - he is responsible for the part of my high school that I really hated, and that is physics.

So, I would like to sit down for dinner with him and probably poison his food or something [Haaa! After dining with Jesus?!]

... and the other two?

Muhammad [the prophet] may he rest in peace. Yeah, I would like to have a discussion with Muhammad and Jesus.

The other person would be my granddad. He passed away not too long ago. He was a very brilliant man.

If I allowed you more?

[Actress] Jessica Alba, because I have had a crush on her since my childhood. [Former Man U manager] Sir Alex Ferguson. My partner, of course. President Museveni and [veteran actress] Betty White for her great humour.

Bernard was born to Pastor George Ewalu Olupot and Doris Olupot.

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