Last Sunday 19th Sep 2021, I joined pals in celebrating Hatmah Nalugwa Ssekaaya’s Birthday. Hatmah is a mother of 3, entrepreneur and News anchor with NBS TV in Uganda. She is also a show host at Sanyuka TV, voice Artist, Events MC, CEO Hatmah’s Kitchen & Cafe, BNI & UMWCI Member . In the photos , fellow award winning journalists ; Hatmah, Zambari Brasio Mukasa & Ernest Wisdom Kiyonga at the party. Photos by Catherine Sebaduka & Brian Senkungu .
NB The wedding photo is when Hatmah was a flower girl in 1980s at my Aunt Deborah Muwanga wedding.
Days before 3rd May 2021, I was in Soroti, Eastern Ugandan for some days mentoring a training for Journalists on Climate change and I saw a post in the Youth Coalition for SDGs whatsgroup calling for nomination of journalists and why they should be awarded on World Press Freedom Day 2021. I suggested a name of a journalist I thought can be awarded and left it that way.
What I didn’t know is, the’re men and women who are trucking my coverage and stories I publish at HICGI News Agency for years. I run these stories by abbreviated name “ E K Benj”
I left Soroti and while in Jinja doing Heal The Planet Global Organisation- HTP work I received a phone call from a colleague “Earnest you have been nominated for this year on best 5 Ugandan Journalists to be awarded by United Nations!”
When I opened my phone, I froze reading multiple reasons why I was being nominated. That’s when I came to realise that the world watches over every small and big thing we do, wether bad or good. Some times they may not say thank you or you’re hurting us but they keep it at heart knowing one day they will react.
Now close to 50 people wrote about me for they keep trucking different things I have been doing in the last 10 years and they were recommending that UN awards me with 3 other Ugandan Journalists in honour of our work. I was humbled that the best way we can know what people think of us is not when we are around but what they say about us when we’re not around.
Today 3rd July am saying thank you for the people who nominated me, thanks United Nations for awarding me, congratulations NTVs Ali Mivule, NBS’s Mildred Tuhaise, New Vision’s Gerald Tenywa & Spark TVs Jocylenn Nakibuule
In special way I would like to appreciate everyone who was part of the delegation and support. Ba Taata Dr Kibuka Julius, Taata Wamala Godfrey Kitandwe, Taata Dr Ronald Kisolo, Brother Ashe Kitandwe & Mrs Kitandwe, Taata Sejindu Kitandwe, Taata Kato, Taata Simon Kimbowa, Maama Esther Nasuna, Sister Lillian Nakiwala, Taata Kimbowa Japan, Maama Deborah Muwanga, Kojja Elkanah Serubugo, Sister Zipporah Nalubega, Joselyn Centenary Mwesigye, Princess Scovia Kivumbi, support from pals Henry in Canada, Angel Kanyike, HTP members and every one i have forgotten.
May God bless you and thanks for making my young brother Brian function colorful yesterday 08th March 2021
Ebintu bikyusse mu digital okukyala was like a kwanjula ooopps
“While we were but few in numbers, wandering from…” Psalms 105:12-15
You’re key in my political journey. This I will not forget , something you told me last year when I asked you why you gave me the biggest media coverage on 90.8 Metro fm where you worked as a news editor at the time I served as PDP Deputy Spokesman in (2010-2011). Your answer was, “I saw a young man who kept knocking on media stations doors, “ you emphasised “Kivumbi you disturbed us so much, asking us to run your stories. I eventually told the news room, just cover anything from him.”
This I didn’t know why but people kept asking why is Metro covering your weekly News conferences with bytes from Thursday-Sunday.
Healing of a Nation & Rwanda’s Future without Paul Kagame. Starting tonight Sunday 30th Aug 2020 at 22:30-23:30hrs GMT (10:30-11:30PM) Live with Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin on www.facebook.com/kivumbiearnestbenjamin Like and share with others.
July 4 is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain’s rule.
After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress. Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day.
Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. By a remarkable coincidence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signatories of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as presidents of the United States, both died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration, Jefferson even mentioning the fact (Only one other signatory, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, survived them, dying in 1832. Although not a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, another Founding Father who was elected as president, also died on July 4, 1831. He was the third President who died on the anniversary of independence. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born on July 4, 1872; so far he is the only U.S. president to have been born on Independence Day.
Today President Trump is still puzzled on how to celebrate the day but in all Happy Independence Day USA.
Pics of HTP President Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin with US Former US Ambassador Deborah R Malac and other US officials. firstname.lastname@example.org