Saturday, May 19, 2012
Thank you Dean Sserwanga!
Today was a very full day. After leaving for breakfast at 7:45 we were honored to meet with Patrick Bitature, widely considered to be the most successful entrepreneur in Uganda. In the afternoon we visited two shrines in Namugongo honoring the Ugandan Martyrs who were executed because of their religious beliefs. Posts for both of those events will be coming tomorrow. Following the shrines, the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Arthur Sserwanga, hosted us at his family's farm. The farm is on the edge of Kampala and is starting to be overtaken by urban sprawl. Dean Sserwanga explained the role of the family homestead in Ugandan society and gave us a tour of his family's dairy operation. His explanations provided a number of excellent cultural lessons for all of us. Starting from his father's home, we walked through the acreage to the other side of the farm to his home which he recently finished building. Once there we were greeted by his family and had for a wonderful dinner prepared by his wife and her sisters. Following dinner a few students started playing a game based upon everyone's name. If you made a mistake the group got to choose a task for you to perform - such as dancing or singing a song. Before long almost all 31 Drake and MUBS students we playing as well as the Dean, his children, and the Drake professors. The game then changed to an updated version of musical chairs, described by the students as "train wreck". Before we knew it, it was about 10:30 pm and we decided to call it a night and return home (tomorrow starts even earlier) Thank you Dean Ssserwanga for a wonderful and fun evening! Students -- please comment on what you learned from his talk and also your favorite moments from the games of the evening.