How our generation got where it finds it’s self today

A while ago I was reading about the generation X (born before & after the great recession), millenials (born 1987-1997) and generation Y (the children of millenials) in the US.

African child

There was a noticeable variation in the lifestyle of all three generations as they were shaped and influenced by different dynamics.

Generation X was shaped by the economic collapse at there time and so didn’t have the financial muscle to spend as they wished.

The millenials were born after the 2nd world war and so didn’t participate in the war. They are the largest workforce at present.

Generation Y came after the millenials.

Using the western world categorisation of there generations using a key historically significant events, our generation here in Uganda is sqaurely millenial. And fortunately or unfortunately were the majority.

With a background of the wars in Uganda, there has been limited parenting from our parents who r busy at work because their parents didn’t hv the best of envirnments and were unable to send them to school or even build enough wealth.

This is when one is generally speaking. There are, of course, a few exceptions to this.

The country lost out valueable time that subsequently resulted in a drop in the aggregate wealth of the populations.

Our generation therefore doesn’t have a firm footing to lauch from and is thus unable to start early families proper as we would have loved to.

We have to build a wealth base for ourselves and the many dependant around us that will enable us make up for our parents’ ‘lost generation’ while at the same time propelling ourselves forward.

We aren’t yet out of the woods.

It will take a completely different view on life, and not just copying whatever we see in the movies, and onto the right track of financial stability as well as the good life that we rightfully so desire.

This is the predicament we find or selves in. None of it is really our own making but we, nonetheless, have take responsibility for it.

Married life: When is it time to marry, and why

Earlier on today I came across a post, by a media personality, that made the case for one not delaying marriage regardless of whether one has the financial resources to undertake that or not.

A family

She makes the valid point that one can’t predict with certainity the time frame within which they’ll get the resources, financial in this case, to take on the responsibilities of a family.

She draws the reader’s attention to the need to have children old enough to take over from parents when they’re in their old age.

That leaves me wondering whether that outwide view of things won’t entrench young families in more poverty especially when putting into context the Ugandan situation.

It’s no secrete that many individuals live lives as couples – cohabiting – but aren’t actually married. Most cite financial hardships as the major impediment to marrying their partner.

And with a patriachal society such as Uganda’s where the men are seen as the primary providers and bread-winners for their families – rightly so, a significant number of women aren’t ready to step-up and for obvious reasons.

Starting a family early on in one’s life is preferrable for the benefits that it offers however embarking on that journey when not ready especially finacially is akin to condemning oneself to years of unhappiness and misery.

Striking a balance in all matters life should be the goal of many a human but where such a balance is hard to strike one is better off not going down that path.

The Sadness about televison… and the people who find it irresistable

Watching television
Until last year, the Ugandan media landscape was gased with foreign programming in the form of soap operas, south African drama, you name it.

This had placed a ceiling on the growth of the local entertainment industry advertently or inadvertently and was evidenced by the relegation of the Ugandan local performing arts, like dramas and comedy shows to crumbling theatre stages and entertainment local bar revellers.

The average of say soap operas on one of the channels was 3 and all running concurrently in the same day. And this is only a conservative estimate.
Other stattions had even more.

The late nights would have their own set of shows.

Well, as you ought to be the know by now, their was a directive passed by the Uganda Communications commission requiring all media houses to air local indigenous content by upto 70% at a minimum of their content.

One could claim that this was NRM’s gift to the entertainment industry and particularly the performing arts, since they are the biggest beneficiaries of this policy decision.

The industry has largely grown out of it’s own effort without a lot of incentives from the government.

That’s besides the point.

When you look at the content and the class of viewers its intended for and looking at the general makeup of our population, you easily conclude most viewers shouldn’t be watching.

It’s fascinating how we prefer the likes of NTV, NBS, channels that are targeting the middle class to which most of the population doesn’t belong.

NTV was the most watched station followed by NBS and Bukedde in a survey carriedout last year. Should it assumed that most of their viewership is ‘middle class.’

There is a lot of tolerence for fantasy or wishful thinking by most. Television is unreal by it’s nature. It’s a fictional representation of events much like movies.

The recent 70% local content has only localise the fictionality much like the effect of dubbing of most movies. Suprisingly, local movies are also dubbed.

Sadly more and more people continue to endulge and even flirt with whatever fanatsies aired on televisons every hour of the day.

My lyrics of the week

Music

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead long live the king
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
Missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you’d gone there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of
drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

#jdc_playlist

Genesis 2017: What a normal day looks like in Uganda

Chess

You see when it comes to media and it’s business of condensing society’s intricate features into words, animations or carefully layed letters, getting it right eludes many and only a few ever capture it live and in HD. For those that do, it’s hard to stay consistent.

For many a people news finds them through television, radio, and print.

Of these, television tends to be popular and overhypes stories whilst delivering the latest developments instantly in the moment.

Radio is more like an mp3 player who’s selection is set by another party to serve their purpose and so is never completely under your control. But it does meet the expectation of being as news source at some point.

Print, under which Newspapers fall, is more authoritative for the reason that it features digested stories and so unlikely to miss out important details unless it’s intended. And that’s why I think print is far more reliable than other forms of news dissemination.

A negative to it is it’s lag in terms of delivery especially for a generation on steroids that finds comfort in being the first to know.

All media is subject to manipulation and will serve it’s masters purpose.

But what’s the catch especially when one can predict the near future with instant updates?

It’s a wild chase that only attempts to offer mental excitement and only offering more and even more options of what could be without zeroiung into anything exact.

Stories of the day, perhaps the week

Today, the stars seems to have aligned and painted a picture of what Uganda is like on a normal day. These are my best headlines for the day and maybe for the week. Have a look.

How reshuffle changes UPDF
The removal of Gen Edward Katumba Wamala as chief of defence forces has…

Speaker Kadaga calls Justice Kavuma court order ‘stupid’
In a surprise ruling on Monday, Justice Steven Kavuma ordered Parliament not…

Kadaga, URA’s Akol lock horns on Shs 6bn…
At about 3pm on Monday afternoon, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga drove into parliament…

Acholi MPs drag Besigye into Akena murder…
Because his wife Winnie Byanyima stood surety for both Matthew Kanyamunyu and…

KCCA runs out of cash, fails to pay…
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has said it is cash-strapped and may…

Ugandan road workers accuse Chinese bosses of low…
In interviews conducted between January 6 and 7, workers of China Railway…

It’s mere coincidence that they feature in The Observer of January 11 2017