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Tag: Norah Owaraga

  • Don’t get used to free things

    Don’t get used to free things

    My grandfather, abaa dwong Otim Raymond, is a very interesting man. He decided to add to his name: ”Gi Nono Pe Nayi”, meaning: “don’t get so used to free things.” He even marked most of his assets like chairs, benches and others, with his new name, “Gi Nono Pe Nayi Otim Raymond.” He did so, […]

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  • Being a ‘big man’ among Kumam

    Being a ‘big man’ among Kumam

    Initially in Kumam culture, being a ‘big man’ was earned from inheritance. For example, when the father died, it was the first borne male child who inherited the cattle riches; owned all of the land that was his father’s. He took over the position of the late father and automatically he became a ‘big man’ […]

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  • ‘Big Man’ in Teso is he who can ‘shake mangoes’

    ‘Big Man’ in Teso is he who can ‘shake mangoes’

    Some time ago, as I was growing up, as a young girl, a ‘big man’ in Teso was classified as one who possessed a lot of wealth in form of large herds of livestock; extensive land; married many wives; had homesteads and granaries of food stuffs; and had produced many children. This has changed in […]

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  • Research brings positive impact on daily lives

    We, at CPAR Uganda, are privileged to work closely with Dr. Ben Jones, a lecturer in development studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA). For a two year period 2021 to 2023, Dr. Jones is the Principal Investigator for our research and policy advocacy project: “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youth as Institutional Innovators in […]

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  • How hard work earned me ‘big man’ status

    How hard work earned me ‘big man’ status

    In 2017, I was appointed the secretary to our small clan system called ‘DOGOLA’. During that time when the Chief was making his appointment for me to be on his cabinet, some elders said: “the position of the secretary needs someone who is matured and married.” And since I was not married, those elders were […]

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  • My problem was not only saving but also how to spend, tips Acio Sharon

    My problem was not only saving but also how to spend, tips Acio Sharon

    “I realized that my problem was not only saving but also how to spend it too. I would just throw money without accountability but from the mentorship program I stopped doing misdirected priorities.” Acio Sharon Enon, CPAR Uganda Innovator This tip on the culture of savings that was given by our CPAR Uganda Innovators – […]

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  • Innovators share tips on how and why you should adopt a culture of saving

    Innovators share tips on how and why you should adopt a culture of saving

    “How I wished I got the knowledge before completing school, am sure savings from my pocket money would have done something for me at the moment. I wasted money. But, as they say: better late than never,” wrote Mercy Acen after participating in the training for our first module, “Understanding Poverty in Rural Uganda” of […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Sunday, 30th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Sunday, 30th May

    Today I feel a bit dizzy and tired, maybe because of the previous fun-filled Saturday. I woke up very early, to prepare for my 9 o’clock service at St. Francis. The preacher continues his series on the topic: “the fear of the lord” and today he tackles the subject of “the meaning of success”. He […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary on Saturday, 29th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary on Saturday, 29th May

    It’s an outing for the members of my former Christian Fellowship, which is taking its freshers to the beach for fun as a welcome gesture. The fee is shs 6,000 and I want to go but do not have it. After talking to “papa” (the fellowship leader), I am allowed to go. Mr. Bernard Sabiti […]

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  • A Job Seeker’s Diary on Friday, 28th May

    A Job Seeker’s Diary on Friday, 28th May

    I finally get a call! The sweet voiced lady on the other side, claiming to be calling from Price Water House Coopers, asks whether I’m still interested in their job. My heart is pounding as I cannot believe what I am hearing. She asks the class of a degree that I have, whether I have […]

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