Ncube Inspires Ugandan Journalists

If the unfolding events are anything to go by, generic Ugandan star in the Big Brother House, view Ellah, seek should prepare for heartbreak by her lover Idris.

The pair has spent quality time together, making love and sharing romantic kisses between the sheets on several nights.

It was hoped that Idris would take Ellah’s fondness seriously but this could have been Idris’s game as he has now started seducing Goitse.

The housemates were Tuesday night as excited about their win as we had anticipated them to be. It was either because they were exhausted or had merely taken the win very calmly. One of the two, we hoped.

At the news of having won the wager, Idris stayed in his chair, seemingly disinterested at the goodies in the store room.

Figgie threatened that she would not open the store room unless he stood up and joined the rest of the housemates in their celebrations. JJ ran back to the lounge and lifted Idris in his arms, sparking giggles from the Tanzanian photographer.

It seemed as though Idris was still sulking over his earlier fight with JJ and could not get over being dismissed as “foolish”.

Idris soon went back into the house and into the bedroom. Ellah tried to cheer him up but he had decided that he would not join in on the fun and so she left him, feeling rejected.


In the lounge she sat with JJ and Butterphly, sharing her feelings about how things were not going the way she wanted them between herself and JJ.

Idris later went up to Goitse to have a chat with her and told her that he felt he had done something wrong.

He got serious and told Goitse that he wanted to tell her something and went on to tell her that when he had told her that he liked her, he had really meant it and that his feelings had become stronger.

He said that he was not expecting anything in return and assured her that it was not about the game nor was it about a strategy but was genuine.

Idris said his mother’s message to him earlier today motivated him to express himself to her.

Goitse kept quiet for a while and opened her mouth to tell Idris that he did not have to explain himself, especially about their past, and that she had moved on.

In short, the lady sounded like she was telling Idris that she did not want to know how he was feeling because she was aware and had moved past it.

Idris left Goitse and went back to Ellah and pulled her to join him in bed.

What do you think of Idris? Do you think he is confused about who he is interested in or is using poor Ellah?
Print media entrepreneurs have been urged to embrace the social media platforms Twitter and Facebook among others to grow their revenues “instead of looking at new media as a threat.”

With increased access to online media content in Africa eating into print revenues, side effects there have been concerns that the newspapers’ future is bleak.

But South Africa media mogul Trevor Ncube told media practitioners and academia at a lecture in Kampala on Wednesday that new media should be well utilised to grow copy sales and boost growth for the print sector.

Ncube also encouraged African journalists to avoid bribery and partisan stories if they are win respect of the public.

Putting up a strong defence of media freedoms, Ncube condemned leaders who overstay in power and those who harass journalists.

Recounting his experience in Zimbabwe where he was imprisoned by President Robert Mugabe, Ncube said he strongly believes in “telling the common man’s story” even when it means putting his life on the line.

He further urged journalists to investigate graft in all sectors in the economy.

“Corruption is not only in government but also private sector,” he advised at a lecture held under the theme “Media and Politics in Africa.”

The function was organised by Africa Media Excellence, a Kampala-based non-profit professional organisation committed to helping journalists to seek and achieve excellence as well as improving journalism and mass communication in Africa.

On running what many look at as a successful media business empire, Ncube said, “I am not yet successful. We are still struggling.”

Ncube said his business which includes the Mail & Guardian, The Zimbabwe Independent, The Sunday Standard and NewsDay publications, was facing challenges of capital and adapting to new media and technologies.

Ncube appealed to African journalists to develop individual capacities to “tell the African story” instead of waiting for foreign journalists to report about Africa.

“No one knows our history, culture and practices better than us,” said Ncube.

“We need to portray African stories as we would love to be known otherwise these Europeans are not about to stop reporting negatively about us.”


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