WHO ARE YOU? (EDUCATION, CAREER, DREAMS)

Barbara: I am Nalweyiso Barbara, clearly I am female. I attended Trinity college Nabbingo for 6 years, from 2004 2009. On completion of my A ‘Level education, I joined ACCA UK which I finalised in 2014. I started CPAU immediately and graduated in August 2015. I am currently working with Vision Group as an accountant. For the future, I believe one day I will have my own vibrant accounting firm.

Joan: I’m a Law Graduate who recently completed a post graduate diploma in legal practice. My dreams? If you walked into my head and stood in the middle, it would be impossible to know where to go. The turbulence of activity in which my brain formulates a future for myself in almost every sphere of life is difficult to put in one sentence. I would prefer not to call them dreams though, just realities that will come to me with time, because I DO see myself in that corporate world, I DO see myself speaking in front of thousands of people and I DO see myself not only making it in life, but MAKING the life I’ve weaved in my head. I can handle whatever life throws at me. Yes. You’ve finally met the Mother of Optimism!

Daniel: Kisitu Daniel Omunywiwasoda is my name. Went to Nakasero Primary school, St. Henry’s College Kitovu and later pursued a Bachelors degree of science in Education. Am currently a teacher at Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga(don’t ask me how I manage but I do). I intend to venture so much in business, social work and at one point diplomacy, the idea of politics has crossed my mind but will measure up the odds as time passes by.

WHY DID YOU JOIN ROTARACT?

Barbara: I joined Rotaract because I felt it is the right platform to serve and create an impact on society. And then, of course, growing my social network.

Joan: Service. A friend shared the different projects done and it’s then that I picked keen interest in rotaract. I saw an opportunity to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfilment that comes in the process. To meet people and make them friends. It’s an increasingly complex world and we do need the different perspectives on life to get through it.

Daniel: Ohhh… I have struggled to get an appropriate answer to this one over the years, but finally I think in fact now know I joined to have a sense of belonging and what better belonging is there than a ‘fun, Service and fellowship” one.

WHY ROTARACT KOLOLO?

Barbara: Before I joined Kololo, I visited different clubs. Members in Kololo were warmer and more welcoming. They seemed a little more focussed than the rest, that’s my opinion. So it felt home and before I knew it, I was already a member!

Joan: I loved the aura the first time I fellowshipped with them. I was home. I felt like I was part of the family at my first visit. I could hardly wait to officially join them. I like that no one tried to sell the idea of Rotaract to me. My subsequent visits were amazing too. The members were (and still are) committed and passionate.

Daniel: The question should be ‘Why not rotaract Kololo’. I don’t think there’s a definite and genuine reason why anyone out there should not join this club.

WHO WAS YOU MENTOR AND HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR MENTORING PROCESS?
Barbara: Esther was my mentor. The mentoring process was quite interesting. I was very eager, and wanted to know stuff before I was told! So I kept talking about each and everything I thought I needed to know, and Esther was very helpful. She provided the guidance I needed and corrected me wherever I was wrong. Not forgetting Racheal Kiwumulo who taught me so much, always encouraged me, and visited with her most clubs. She really made me see the good in Rotaract and particularly, Rotaract Kololo!

Joan: My mentor was Odeon Niwagaba. He did a credible job. I have a wider perspective on Rotary because of him. He was strict too. I think after the first 2 weeks, KOLOLO Rotamirror October 2015 Issue (Silver Jubilee Issue) #RctKololo25. I was almost done with all my obligations. He can’t take all the credit though. I have overtime learnt that one doesn’t have to be officially assigned to you for them to mentor you. I believe I acquired other mentors with time (Barbara Akello, Bernard Mukasa and Rachel Kiwumulo). They were willing to feed me all the Rotary information there is. I had 4 different people making me understand what I was getting myself in to and letting me ask them the “obvious” questions. I loved every bit of it…the attention too!

Daniel: Enock Mukasa and Bernard Mukasa. It was a smooth one for these guys, I was already up to speed with majority of the things, though they played a great deal in my pre- kololo (RCT MUK) mentoring process.
HOW HAS YOU TIME IN THE CLUB BEEN SO FAR? TALK ABOUT SOME HIGHLIGHTS THAT HAVE STOOD OUT FOR YOU?

Barbara: I have learnt the meaning of team work and dedication in Rotaract Kololo. Club members are so dedicated to what they do, their willingness to serve is over whelming, so I look up to most of them and also take it as a challenge to be a much better member of my club.

Joan: My time has been interesting. I learn something new at every other fellowship Highlights · The club outreach in Jinja. I wasn’t a member then but all the club members made me feel like I was. I loved it! · 19th June 2015- I officially joined the family · My appointment as club service director (2 months in and I’m already taking on a leadership position. Yay me!)

Daniel: My time has been challengingly good as per say. Not had any major challenges, it’s always good to deal with people slightly senior than you in age and career development. Oohh my, the day I was inducted was great highlight for me u should have seen the glitter Joan Akoyo and Linda Kyemba (IPP) had, membership wise they had hit a jack pot. The time when President Deo made me community service Director is also a major highlight.
HOW HAVE YOU APPLIED THE ROTARY GOALS IN YOUR LIFE SINCE JOINING THE CLUB?
Barbara: Rotary goals have made me see the see the good in leadership, not by just reading the goals, but also through experiences as I see my club members live up to them! This has made me get the love to become a leader, with ethics and meeting expectations both in my club and life away from the club.

Joan: I have done some public speaking so I’m developing my professional skills. I also recently took on a leadership position in the club.

Daniel: Yes I have especially the first one that says to promote professional and leadership skills, which I have applied at my place of work and also within the confines of the club.
LEADERSHIP POSTS, HOW DO YOU INTEND TO EXECUTE AND WHAT OTHER POST DO YOU PLAN TO OCCUPY?
Barbara: With leadership, taking on treasury would be good for me as it would help in my professional growth, put to use my accounting skills and knowledge, and would go on to widen my scope of knowledge, skills and understanding. I would love to be a membership director. I have been working with Racheal sometimes, she’s been teaching me what she does, so as far as the club is concerned, and my strength lies in the post of membership director.

Joan: As club service director, · I intend to work with my team · Letting my team guide me when necessary · Consulting from my predecessor when in doubt At the moment, I would rather not think about the other posts but instead work on making sure my time of service as club service director is fruitful.

Daniel: Am currently Community Service Director and my strength lies in the membership of kololo which I intend to greatly utilise to execute all my tasks. Other posts…. uhmm the sky is the Limit my brother as great men say what use is a man who is void of ambition and mine knows no bounds.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE SILVER JUBILEE?
Barbara: I feel blessed and honoured. A good way to start off the coming 25 years of Rotaract Kololo

Joan: Being part of something that has existed for 25 years is amazing. The history is rich and satisfying. I’m looking forward to the future, the next 25 years!

Daniel: Am excited as well as challenged, Cannot wait for the celebrations, the walk and also the project. On the other hand am challenged that if people were able to keep Rct Kololo in the clouds when the tides were rougher, what can stop us from taking it to the sky and maintaining it there now when the situation is a bit less complex
…KNOWING THE CLUB IS MORE OR LESS THE SAME AGE AS YOU?
Barbara: Hahahaha, well, the club was started way before I was even born! This makes me respect the club itself, the alumni and current members because they have really done a great job to make Rotaract Kololo what it is today.

Joan: It’s a reminder, that I am aging and that we should all fight the terrible habit of procrastination.

Daniel: Same age perhaps. (Editor’s Note: See chaps who don’t want to reveal their age *side eye)
MOST VALUABLE LIFE TIPS/ADVICE THAT HAVE HELPED YOU.
Barbara: Make every day count If you love something, learn all there is you can. And for something you want, love it, stick to it no matter how many times you fail, never stop trying.

Joan: “If you invest enough time and energy in something, it’s likely to deliver.” “It’s not an ordinary bird that flies out of the chimney” “Absolution is the most powerful form of forgiveness” “Every setback is a setup for a comeback. God wants to bring you out better than you were before.”

Daniel: Everyone’s journey has moulded them for their greater good, and it’s exactly how it needed to be. So don’t you think you have lost time, it took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time, make the best of it such that your tomorrow seems right on time.
VIEWS ON LIFE?
Barbara: Life is what we make it. We define what we want it to be. And of course before we determine what we want to be, we should always and always put God first. He is the ultimate decision maker! Joan: If life was a coliseum full of Titans fighting the Persians (or whatever else those shirtless men are often fighting) I’d jump right in and fight for Lord knows what! Often in life we fight purposeless Joan: “ If you invest enough time and energy in something, it’s likely to deliver. ”

Barbara: “ And for something you want, love it, stick to it no matter how many times you fail, never stop trying. ” Daniel: “ Now is right on time, make the best of it such that your tomorrow seems right on time. “ battles…but it’s a means to an end. If it will get me to where I want, then I’ll stab a shirtless Persian! -Cliché as it may sound; life is what you make it. I look around at the lives people lead and realize, sadly, that they settled. I will NOT settle in life…because even that is a choice. If you want to sit at the high table when your tag says “Table 69”…sit at that godforsaken high table!!!

Daniel: It’s the simple things in life that matter most. Once you arm yourself with that many things will make perfect sense in this very dynamic world.
WILD NIGHT OUT AT A CLUB OR LAIDBACK DINNER WITH CONVERSATIONS?
Barbara: Four years back, a wild night out would perfectly do it for me, but due to growth, and change of values, a laid back dinner with conversations would do me justice.

Joan: Who said I had to choose? Have I been diagnosed with brain cancer and only have one night to live?? Am I a retired grandmother with knitting as her hobby? No! Potentially, humans are mood-infested beings. If my mood ring reads black then that’s the colour I’II will wear out with my girls! If it reads red, then I will be that life of the party reigning up conversation and making everyone else at other tables wish they knew me! Point is… I can’t make one choice when life is FULL of them. I’m objective…subjective beings have never been fun!

Daniel: I’d love a bit of both. Am a freak for beautiful conversations however I love the feeling of letting loose where nothing else matters but that moment so may be laid back dinner first and a wild night after.
SOMETHINGS ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE ARE USUALLY SURPRISED TO FIND OUT? OR THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Barbara: People are usually surprised when they find out that am a fun loving person and very open minded. They often think I am this strict person and up tight with myself.

Joan: I have been told that I’m crazy. But that’s after I have grown fond of someone.

Daniel: That a private guy, that many things about my life are privy to only me. I love people and to socialise as well but damn I love my space also.
WHAT’S THE DRIVING PURPOSE THAT INFLUENCES YOUR ACTIONS AND DECISIONS? WHAT MAKES YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO?
Barbara: Before I do something, I look at the results, the outcome. What will it benefit me? What do I gain or achieve from the decisions and actions I would take? In other words, the outcome usually motivates my actions and determines my decisions.

Joan: Remember that turbulence of dreams in my head? That’s my starting point. They make me wake up every day…and they tell me exactly what to do all day! They are not dreams of having a decent house, clothes and meals…they are not short term dreams…they are long term realities that need hard work. To get there, I do what I do…in hopes that my actions drive me there in a black Lamborghini!!!

Daniel: I can do everything or all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. With this in mind I know am destined for greatness
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN LIFE SO FAR?
Barbara: I have successfully completed ACCA with in record time, been a prize winner. I have won an award of being the second best ACCA student in the country and am now a Certified Public Accountant of Uganda. I also do some part-time lecture at MUK, which is a big achievement for me considering my age.

Joan: Aside academic achievements, I have written a paper on means and methods of warfare. -Different humanitarian awards (International Justice Mission, Human Rights Association)

Daniel: Haa… Not much. But I guess I have achieved a life that’s on the right track if I keep making the right choices. ***

 

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One Response to Interviews with the latest additions to the Rotaract Kololo family
  1. JP Sonko Ssemwanga January 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Nice one up there! I would like to meet the Mother of Optimism!


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