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Rwot Ananiya Akera’s walk down memory lane

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It is just a few days shy of September 22nd, the date Rwot Ananiya Akera, a prominent farmer of Lakwatomer Farm, Gulu and 1943 graduate of Makerere University will celebrate his 96th birthday.

It is just a few days shy of September 22nd, the date Rwot Ananiya Akera, a prominent farmer of Lakwatomer Farm, Gulu and 1943 graduate of Makerere University will celebrate his 96th birthday.

L-R: Gulu LC V Chairman Hon. Norbert Mao,  Ps Grace Kityo(IACE) & Mzee AkeraOn 11th August 2009, Mzee Akera paid a courtesy call on his former institution after a period of more than 60 years. Key on his to-do list was to visit a cubicle he once shared with the late Tanzanian President, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, a prominent African freedom fighter with whom they shared principals of Education. The former Nsubuga Hall currently houses the Department of Distance Education in the Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (IACE).

At 95 years old, the towering and slightly hunched Rwot Akera is one of the oldest living alumni of Makerere University, a major reason he was invited to attend the Makerere-Mazruiana project launch, aimed at recogninising and paying tribute to Makerere’s illustrious alumni, former professors, deans, friends and exceptional supporters. In an interview with the Rwot, he wondered where the government is taking all the money. “We are decaying if an institution like Makerere is not given funding”, he said.

Not like many graduates who opt to work in prestigious offices, education for self reliance is what drove Rwot Akera into farming. He opted to drop teaching, a profession he had acquired from Makerere and in 1948, two years after graduation, he was awarded a trophy as The Top Commonwealth tobacco farmer in Uganda and since then he never looked back. In 1949, he was producing 30% of the country’s Tobacco and employing over 700 workers on his Farm.

Mzee AkeraBy practically engaging in farming, Rwot Akera discovered that this was the best way to influence others to actively take up the trade. Using his skills as a teacher, he spurred his peers on to earn a living quoting a famous Irish saying “Where there’s muck, there’s money”. Asked about the famine that has killed over 30 people in the Eastern part of the country in relation to his quote, he retorted “Uganda is rich with fertile soils. A country is not worth it if it cannot sustain its own people”.

Mzee Akera greets Chancellor as Prof. Mazrui looks onRwot Akera proudly spoke of the then politics free Makerere College which followed the British College curriculum and was affiliated to Oxford University. His well-spoken English is one of the reasons that his former student and President of Uganda, Apollo Milton Obote (RIP) joined Busoga College Mwiri, a school Rwot Akera attended before joining Makerere College. At 96, Rwot Akera managed to stand firm for over 10 minutes to deliver a speech, with clear eyesight and an unwavering voice. He attributed his good health to his hard work that kept him physically active. He further intimated that he doesn’t suffer from mental fatigue, which he considers a key ingredient of poor health because he doesn’t have to worry about money, food and clothes.

“We must change our attitude in Education, sink our differences and put our heads together so that this sorry problem is put down”, this was his advice to the friends, alumni and well-wishers of Makerere University, as a solution to solve the current problems with the education system. He finally requested the Makerere University Management to consider renaming CCE Hall to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Hall in honor of his late roommate and former Tanzanian President.

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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