Kampala moments

17 06 2011

We have been in Kampala for the last day or so – a number of meetings with lawyers, members of the companies involved in Deon’s job and some enjoyment of the malls Kampala has to offer have kept us busy.

I wanted to share a few delightful sights:

Graduation is a BIG DEAL here.  So big, that the family should buy the graduate something from this selection: Kampala 020You could get the cellophane-wrapped silk flowers with a little message, or the vivid garland to string around the neck, or the wonderful message of support – as seen in a little more detail here:

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The very best option is to get at least one of each for the beloved graduate in your life.  This proves your pride and affection for the graduate, and numerous photos should be taken. The end results will look a little like this:

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Together with the coloured hood of the degree achieved it all looks tremendously festive indeed. 

It seems like after the ceremony one may remove the garland and heart (which has a handy string to wear around the neck and  hold the colourful message heart close to the wearer’s physiological heart).But it looked to be the done thing to remain in the graduate gown, hood and cap for the rest of the day, no matter where the graduate goes.

We saw all the festivity of gathering grads just next to the lawyer’s offices this morning. The sense of accomplishment was tangible in the area as numbers of graduates and their supporters gathered.  I knew I had to share some of this with my blog readers, but the police did not believe the same – as I was trying to grab a pic of the gentleman and his family (seen above – they readily and happily agreed to pose) a policeman shoved me away. (“You Mzungu. We don’t want that here. Go”) I had to get this photo on the sly as the posers were moving up the ramp.

Several hours later at one of the malls I saw 2 or 3 graduates still in their gowns (hence my deductions about wearing the garb  all day). I quite enjoyed the sense of absolute achievement and joy that all others were alerted to – perhaps we SHOULD make a little more of a fuss over graduates in Shiny-shiny land!  Enjoy the success after years of effort and walk into Spar in the cap, hood and gown. Why not relish in all the years of struggle for more than an hour or so?

(Andrew, I will send a lovely garland for your graduation next year…)


The Protea hotel here is comfortable and pleasant.  We got the lucky blessing in our room: A family of guinea fowl roost on the railings at night. The noise as they settle in for sleep is raucous: why must these birds take so long to say their goodnights?  It is a bit worse than the Waltons (‘Nag John-Boy’, ‘Nag Mary Ellen’, ‘Nag, Olivia…’)  in terms of time taken, but still the sound is so typically African and remains endearing. 

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