OK

Be Okay
Desiderata

Desiderata

1902 2560 Oliver Kagwe

The following poem is not of my own creation. I however wish to share it as I found it to be profound and meaningful to my life (and certainly yours). Contemplate upon its words, and if it touches you, share it with others. Desiderata means things that are needed, or wanted. GO PLACIDLY amid the…

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Birth Control

Why Birth Control Interventions In Africa Have Failed.

2560 1707 Oliver Kagwe

I am inclined think that the various attempts to normalise birth control in Africa have failed. I say this because over the last 30 years, huge investments have been made in Latin America, Africa and Asia to help them get a hold of their growing populations. While Latin America and Asia are seeing significant improvements,…

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Africa Rising

Africa Rising Is Now A Wake Up Call

2560 1702 Oliver Kagwe

For a moment, I thought of writing this piece as a letter before sending it over to you. Then, I remembered that it might mean interacting with that pre-historic government agency so I quickly abandoned the idea. So please bear with me by settling for a blog post, it is what people do in these…

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Univeral Health Coverage

To Begin With, UHC Should Have Been A Discussion.

1080 1080 Oliver Kagwe

Last week, I buried one of my uncles who’s death followed many months of illness. I remember the worry on everyone’s eyes when he first fell sick. I remember how he was bounced around hospitals, the momentum only stopping when we got him seen by a certain doctor who is our long-time family friend. He…

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Youth

A Blog Post From A Youth to Post-Youth People.

1707 2560 Oliver Kagwe

Perhaps it was not so different for older generations, but being youth now is just about the hardest thing one can be. Whether or not one decides to be focused or ignorant, they still end up laying in bed really frustrated about their lives. And the frustration is mostly because no ones seems to understand…

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Donors and their self interests.

What Are The Self Interests Of Donors?

1920 1483 Oliver Kagwe

It is accepted knowledge that every human being is driven by their self interests. This being the case, then, I wonder; what are the real self interests of Non-profit organisations? I understand what they have made us understand – that they are very concerned about people’s well being so much so that they have dedicated…

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Expert

The Paradox Of Being Too Good.

2560 1828 Oliver Kagwe

I don’t suppose that there is any problem with being too good at something. Being an expert. In fact, you will always find me saying things like “do something to the best of your ability.” And one may live for a thousand years and never quite reach the best of their capability. Because one cannot…

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If

If.

1920 1079 Oliver Kagwe

If you cannot share your emotion, If you cannot share in emotion, If you cannot express your affection, And be seen to endure affliction, If you cannot say your idea, If you have to be “from this area”, If your honesty does not matter, And the truth does not matter, If your falsities have you…

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Value

The Relationship Between Value & Evil

2560 1438 Oliver Kagwe

About a week ago, I asked the following question on my WhatsApp status: Are human beings inherently good or are they inherently evil? The responses I got had me concerned. Someone said “Inherently Evil! No good exists in us.” They went on to quote me a verse from Genesis 8:21, where the Lord said, “the imagination…

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Human being

Before Anything Else, We Are Human Beings.

1920 1278 Oliver Kagwe

I have never really been a fan the alphabet people. For a long time, I have considered them an immoral, weird and unfit crop of human beings who would much rather live on their own planet than mingle with us – the straight, ‘natural’ and ‘morally upright’ ones. Even now as I write this blog, I…

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Please Stop Beating Our Moms.

2560 1440 Oliver Kagwe

I wish you were there those nights, because you would have a better understanding of what I am about to write. You would have looked at her face and wouldn’t have stopped there. You would have looked into her eyes and still, you wouldn’t have stopped there. You would have stared into the depths of…

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Time

2021, It’s Time!

1706 2560 Oliver Kagwe

Will there be fireworks at midnight tonight? Whom will they mesmerise, seeing that we have a 10PM curfew? Or perhaps I misjudge. They do not explode fireworks to mesmerise us – they explode fireworks to represent something. What will they be representing this year? A change in time? The joy of finally coming to the…

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It's not always about feeling loved.

It’s Not Always About Feeling Loved.

2560 1707 Oliver Kagwe

There are those moments in our lives when our heads feel like a vacated house. Empty and quiet. Moments when we feel alone, as if we wandered into the Kalahari and have now lost all sense of time and direction. Moments we find ourselves preferring to huddle up in corners and folding into ourselves like…

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Leaders Are Not Necessarily Gurus.

Leaders Are Not Necessarily Gurus.

1920 1280 Oliver Kagwe

Being very good at something does not make you a leader. Not being very good at something does not mean you cannot be a leader. I am of the opinion that leadership is not dependent on whether or not you know how to do something extremely well. I have seen “pro’s” who perform dismally as…

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Before It Sets You Free, Life Beats You Up.

Before Life Sets You Free, It Beats You Up.

2560 1707 Oliver Kagwe

Before it sets you free, life beats you up. It spits on you, curses you and drags you on the dirt. Before it exalts you, it crushes your spirit and breaks your faith. It deems you worthless. Like a beggar on the streets. And even after all this, your freedom is not guaranteed. I have…

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Is anyone to blame for the inequality of the world?

Is Anyone To Blame For The Inequality Of The World?

1920 1280 Oliver Kagwe

Growing up, I was always angry at my mother and my grandmother for not working hard enough to buy me the things I desired. Things that according to me, were basic things to have because every other kid in my neighbourhood had them. Things like a bicycle, remote controlled toy cars and a leather football.…

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Oliver

Ignore The pressure, It Is Okay.

1708 2560 Oliver Kagwe

Is it wrong to feel sad because of this Corona Virus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Is it unacceptable to be out of sorts because there are lock-downs and curfews and uncommon restrictions on how one interacts with ones family, ones friends and other people? Why is everyone making it feel criminal to think and worry about…

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Fart

Holding A Fart Is Harder Than Releasing It – Always Remember!

1920 1566 Oliver Kagwe

I bet you do not remember the shock on your face when you let out your first fart. You either found it disgusting, or fun, depending on the social class you were born into. Truth is, you did not understand it, yet when it continued to happen again and again, you either tried to imprison…

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Greedy people are patient people, sometimes.

Greedy People Are Patient People, Sometimes.

2560 2164 Oliver Kagwe

Are poor people powerless because they are poor or are they poor because they are powerless? Also, are  most rich people powerful because of their riches, or are they rich because they are powerful? Oliver cannot seem to put his head around this shit. And he really hates it when he cannot get his head…

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Hope.

The Story of A Hopeless Girl Called Hope.

1920 1440 Oliver Kagwe

They say that ‘nothing can dim the light that shines from within.’ But when Oliver stared into Hope’s eyes, there was no light. Not even a glimmer of ambition. What was there was an emptiness and a darkness and deadness so powerful that it was infectious. The more Hope spoke, the more Oliver felt his…

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Wanja Didn't Like My Armpits

Wanja Didn’t Like My Armpits.

1707 2560 Oliver Kagwe

As far as Oliver is concerned, it is easier to spend the whole day counting the grains of rice in a 50kg bag than to approach a girl. He would rather become a clown, dedicating all his life to wearing ridiculous make up and sticking a big round red nose on his face, amusing children…

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