I was born in the Buganda Kingdom on the shores of Lake Wamala in the tiny village of Butebi Mityana. It’s very hard to know where to start when it comes to telling people about myself. My story is colorful and stems from so many years of life experiences, adversity, and resilience. Here is an overview of who I am: this is just a small portion of my 40-year-old journey that started in 1979.
I love writing, storytelling, and I presume, you love reading, right? We found each other. We are compatible. Let’s move on, it’s time. What do you think? If you are ready, I am ready.
As a result of my parent’s poor decisions during their youthful years when they dated, I found myself on this planet with this unpleasant life that I had never asked for in the first place. I think they didn’t plan to have me, though I have managed to pull remarkable outcomes out of it. That’s a milestone I cannot fail to celebrate daily.
At the age of 10, I was forced into homelessness (real hardcore street life) by my family due to inevitable circumstances. That was in 1990. Destitution forced me onto the streets of Mityana and later Kampala- the capital city of undesirable Uganda. I struggled to find food, shelter, clothing, medication, education, and family belonging for almost five or more years until my elevated curiosity rescued me from that nightmare.
My desire for ingenuity in life, education, better health, and longevity opened my eyes to the then hidden nepotistic and sectarian ideology of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) which at that time dominated every vein of the Uganda governance engine. It’s been 36 years and no sign of them leaving power or creating a breathing space for other fellow human beings. They have ring-fenced the State and all that comes with it. This forced me to start defending my right to exist and my dignity.
I craved for freedom and liberty. Unfortunately, the more I searched for it, the more I discovered the worst curse of being born in the wrong tribe (Baganda). According to NRM organised Christian criminals, having a wrong name and perhaps the wrong shape of my nose is not worthy. These features opened the invisible conundrum of the anti-Baganda syndrome that’s concealed in every existing fibre of the modern state of Uganda and those who run it. This realisation was the beginning of my current nature of activism for an independent Buganda Kingdom and the secured liberties of the Baganda people. I still believe Baganda must pay the needful full price if they are to be free in their own country. By the time I turned 14, I was an active opponent of the Ugandan despotic President– Yoweeri Museveni, and over time I grew up as an active activist and fierce political leader inside the Democratic Party of Uganda.
In 2004, however, the Democratic Party and most of my close friends canceled me for my comments on a local radio show, where I not only advocated for basic LGBTQ rights but also openly opposed a presidential order that would subject the LGBTQ community to arrest and torture. I chose to stand up for them because it’s the right thing to do regardless of how you digest who they are. The radio was later fined 1000 dollars for hosting me and two other activists. Triggered by this event, I penned a blog and numerous articles. Moreover, I began aggressively speaking about gross human rights violations, political freedoms, economic justice, severe sectarianism, nepotism, skyrocketing corruption, the plunder of public resources, and the case for a separation of State and Religion as article seven of the Uganda 1995 Constitution cements.
Towards the end of 2004, it became illegal to broadcast any content in support of LGBTQ rights. Anti-homosexual rhetoric, promoted by the regime, became the only legal position allowed in the media. Remaining committed to protecting the lives and rights of LGBTQ Ugandans, I founded Spectrum Initiatives and became part of the team that founded Sexual Minorities Uganda which elected me as the first public relations officer. I also contributed to the formation of FreeThought Kampala which became a vibrant voice for secularism and free thought within the country.
I have always had an elevated curiosity and believed in mathematical applications as the vessel for solutions to previously unsolvable problems. Even in my childhood of abject poverty and neglect, I was curious about the reality of my circumstances and the severity of my dilemma. With my self-equipped skills and vital logical applications, the window of entrepreneurship opened for me. This allowed me to outsmart the NRM’s unseen agenda of financially incapacitating the Baganda people. This improved my financial standing which later opened the door to international travel as an activist, speaker, and entrepreneur.
In 2016, it became clear that unpleasant Uganda was quickly becoming a failed state at an alarming speed. It was time for me to find another home. I relocated to the Pacific Northwest in the Americas where I remain today.
My journey has brought me in contact with so many wonderful people who gave me their shoulders to lean and cry on. Some of these people welcomed me like a lost son coming back home. To date, they have remained instrumental in my life. Looking back at my youthful timeline, my life would have been a disaster if it hadn’t been for these remarkable people that have freely chosen me as their own. I acknowledge that I cannot return the priceless kindness I have received, but what I can do is go out and do good for other people and make the world a better place for all people. I am choosing to pass this human goodness to others who need the same relief I needed to survive. This has been my mission since 2016. In other words, I am desiring to make life better than well for prospective public influencers. See details on Secular Compassion.
Currently, I coordinate the Secular Friends for Fairness and Social Justice and on facebook. My primary goal is to demonstrate secular compassion and empathy to those who are at the margins of life and death. I am also developing a voice for millions of Africans who are being openly sold in slave markets in the Middle East.
I am a lifetime skeptic supporter of the global Atheist Alliance International–the non-profit that directly support atheists around the world who are excluded,
disparaged, discriminated, and criminalised for having different views related to religion. I would love to see secular social groups on every corner of our planet. Would you help me see this dream come to life?