EVERYTHING UGANDA: MASAKA’S OLDEST SPORTS CLUB

EVERYTHING UGANDA: MASAKA’S OLDEST SPORTS CLUB

. By Eric Barigye Welcome back to our weekly blog which will be focusing on a particular aspect of Ugandan life and using it to teach more about the people and place that plays host to our Adventure Like No Other.  . . Today we are going to look at Masaka’s oldest sports club named ‘Masaka Sports Club’. Located on Hill Road just up the road from our Athletes’ Village, Masaka Sports Club was founded in Uganda’s colonial period and has had its gates open ever since.    Speaking with Dr. Hadijah Matovu To help learn more about this place and its recent history, I spoke to the Club’s manager Dr. Hadijah Matovu. Having grown up in Masaka, this was the only Sports Club Hadijah knew about in the area. The place carried an air of exclusivity and so few who weren’t members made their way through the open gates. The members of the club were the corporates, upper-level civil servants, doctors and other people of note in Masaka. They enjoyed the privileges of the club as they bonded in the evenings and weekends.   She joined in 2009 on the invitation of her husband (himself a State Attorney) who was a member from before. The Club offers games like lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton, pool and football.  Over the years the Club’s image has changed with more youth coming in and using the Club’s grounds for football especially. This change is further emphasised with the fall in member numbers which stood at 20 as per 2019, meaning the club has become more open.   “Many corporates are choosing to run...
The Uganda International marathon 2019 Video Adventure

The Uganda International marathon 2019 Video Adventure

Welcome to The Uganda Marathon 2019! Follow the adventurers who came to Uganda in 2019 to raise money for an incredible community and take part in a race like no other. This video shows some of the highlights from the 2019 marathon week – an adventure that one in five describe as “the best week of my life“. Check out our other videos from The Uganda Marathon Adventure Inside the next generation of sustainable charity Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2018 Video Adventure Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2016 Video Adventure Watch our...
Everything Uganda: GREETINGS!

Everything Uganda: GREETINGS!

. By Eric Barigye Welcome to a weekly blog which will be focusing on a particular aspect of Ugandan life and using it to teach more about the people and place that plays host to our Adventure Like No Other.  . . Gyebale! (Hello!) This week’s topic is “Greetings!”   The Uganda Marathon is run in Masaka which is one of the many lands within the Buganda Kingdom and that is why we will be learning how that culture conducts their greetings.  . Everyday Greetings With someone you see on a day to day basis, there are two types of greetings depending on the time you meet: “Wasuze Otya?” (How did you sleep?) OR “Wasibye Otya?” (How have you been today?)  And this greeting can have a number of responses but the most common being: “Nasuze Bulungi.” (I slept well.) OR “Nasibye Bulungi.” (I have been well.) When you have taken a long time to meet someone or when it is the first time of greeting, the common responses will go as follows:  “Nsanyuse okukulaba.” (I am happy to see you.) then “Nange Okukulaba.” (And I to see you.) “Eradde.” (How have you been?) then “Mamu.” (I am well.) “Mirembe?” (Peace?) and then the same in response “Mirembe.” (Peace.) When the last part of the greeting asks “Peace?” it is asking if there is peace where the person is from. Interestingly the person responding to the last two parts of the greetings can simply say “Mmmm” as a positive response instead of saying the words “Mamu.” and “Mirembe.”  As per tradition a woman would kneel when greeting an elder while a...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Mabel Beckett

Interview with a UGM Runner – Mabel Beckett

Here we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. Mabel signed up for the event as she loves visiting new places and running, and even decided to run her first marathon with us in Uganda! Below she tells us about this, travelling to the event solo, connecting with her chosen project, the camaraderie of the race…and how she crossed the finish line as our fastest female international runner!       1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I love to see new places and I love running. One of my friends told me about a marathon in Sierre Leone and I was immediately interested. I started looking and found the Uganda Marathon and although everyone thought I was mad, I signed up. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I have been to Africa before but never to Uganda (and never camped in Africa!) and I had never run a marathon before. But I absolutely loved the whole week.   2. Many of our participants signed up for the event with friends or with their partner. However, you joined us on the 7-Day Adventure solo. What was that like? I was a bit nervous about travelling to Uganda on my own. But I couldn’t persuade anyone to come with me and I really wanted to...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Jameel Humayun

Interview with a UGM Runner – Jameel Humayun

Here we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. Jameel joined us from the UAE in his first-ever visit to Uganda. Below he gives us his highlights from the week – an experience he enjoyed so much he’s already signed up to return next year. We can’t wait to see you again in 2020, Jameel! . . 1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon? The Ad for the run for the Uganda Marathon popped up on my Facebook under world marathons. I’d previously met 2 fellow runners from Uganda which made it appeal to me, and it also excited me that I could actually do some work towards a charity and be able to run a marathon as well. That’s why I signed up! 🙂   2. You joined us for your first visit to Uganda. What was it like to experience the Ugandan culture and visit the Charity Project, ‘Ideal Women’ on Legacy Day? It was a most wonderful and memorable visit! I loved the culture and the people so much, I have signed up to return in 2020! At the project, I was actually the only man in the group! We were taught to sew and stitch, I made a computer bag, and a purse for my wife, which gave us insight into how the community make items themselves to sustain...
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