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I.K. Musaazi Lecture Paves Way for Independence Analysis



As part of celebrations to mark ninety years of Makerere University and fifty years of Uganda’s Independence, Makerere University held a memorial lecture in commemoration of the late Ignatius Kangave Musaazi, a national hero.

The late Musaazi was described by many speakers as a selfless nationalist who was bent towards building a better Uganda and voiced his views irrespective of the turbulent political environment of the 1970s.

The lecture, “I.K. Musaazi and the Essence of Independence” was presented by Prof. Horace Campbell a world renowned international peace and justice scholar based in the USA. In his presentation, Prof. Campbell challenged Ugandans to look at the next fifty years as a time of re-analyzing the true meaning of independence. He urged the nation to focus on consolidating the banana as a key economic resource, and challenged Makerere University to take lead in giving true meaning to independence.

Makerere needs to re-write the history of Uganda so that Ugandans understand the historical connections of all former leaders,” he said. He emphasized that the colonial administration introduced tribal divisions amongst Ugandans, an issue that needs to be dealt away with in the current quest for true independence. Prof. Campbell was optimistic that the realization of a true African union is just round the corner as long as all rights of people are recognized and the spirit of Pan-Africanism enhanced. He pointed out that the African continent has several advantages over other continents including a rich history of struggle, demographic cohesion, and a vision to unite which need to be harnessed for the continent to take off.

The First Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs at Makerere University, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza, was grateful that the lecture is at this university where the late Musaazi once lectured. “Ignatius Musaazi was referred to as a trouble maker and he quit his job at Makerere University. He then started advocating for farmers’ demands. Makerere is thankful to the national organizing committee and the I.K. Musaazi foundation for bringing this lecture here,” she said.

The Guest of Honour, Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi who represented the President described the lecture as a fitting tribute to the late Ignatius Musaazi. “It is significant that the lecture is in Makerere. It is priceless to the young people. Musaazi denounced colonial rule in Uganda and formed the first political party, the Uganda National Congress (UNC). He was true to his vision and was declared a national hero. As we celebrate fifty years, we need to be fully conscious that political independence must be seconded by economic independence,” he added.

Dr. S. Kayunga Simba, the Chair of Political Science and Public Administration Department at Makerere University said Musaazi was indeed a true nationalist who influenced the construction of the current parliamentary building and the National Theatre during his time as a member of Parliament.

The lecture was attended by government ministers including Hon. Muruli Mukasa and Hon. Tarsis Kabwegere, Members of Parliament, Diplomats, Makerere University Staff, students among others.

Story by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office


Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025



Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25



Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars



Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.


  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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