What’s the power in a good introduction?

What’s the power in a good introduction?

Recently, at a gathering of friends and potentially new friends over a sumptuous 3 course dinner at the Kampala Serena, I caught myself asking to let Raymond Mujuni allow me to introduce him. It wasn’t an unusual thing. I have introduced him before and I love introducing him because every time you do that there is something new about him. The thrill and excitement is palpable.

Cocktails, fine dinning, and lavish conversation at the Kampala Serena Hotel

As the evening wore on, the conversation swung around to introductions I have done. I have a bit of a penchant for intros. I love doing them. For strangers. For friends. For adversaries. For family. They are so cool because you get to pick exactly what people will remember about this person the first time they meet them. It’s the first time and if you do it right, it will be the only time they will ever need. At least that’s what I have believed.

Raymond is the last one in the red sweater at the end of the table.

But my mind careened back to introduction I did two weeks ago, on a #KoiKoiEast trip far away in Kapchorwa, on the slopes of the rift valley, in the heartland of our county’s fastest runners. There I was running my mouth as We introduced the team. The #KoiKoiUG trips are thrilling because they bring new people out of their shells and allow them to experience Uganda’s beauty, culture and food.

One of the common trip practices is to do introductions, so everyone knows everyone. Sometimes they let me introduce people. It can be hilarious but mostly its revealing. Later, one of our sponsors who was there asked me “Why are great introductions important?” In answering I had this on my mind

The #KoiKoiEast trip participants right after introductions.

I feel that people struggle so much in life. No matter how amazing a guy is, he is always behind what the world, society and they themselves expect of their abilities.

If you are a boy genius at 25 there is a guy who is saying you will win a Nobel prize by 30. If you graduate at 22, some aunt is mouthing about how you will have a husband by 24 and twins by 25.

But look around you, no one is doing those things. Guys been in the same job/ position for 6 years. Girls who worked hard and got their masters out here looking at adopting children. Everyone is struggling with something. Everyone isn’t at full potential.

That’s why a good introduction is important; to remind them of what they are. Of all the good they can do. To show them how the world and we see them. To sell them to themselves one more time. Because sometimes you think you are one thing but then you are many things, to many people.

A great introduction gets someone a foot in the door. It’s a chance for people to meet them for the first time. To not let them be judged by their dressing, to remove prejudice, to eliminate doubt about who they are and to establish them as the most (insert anything) person there is. It takes away the burden of working prove one self.

Finally, knowing Uganda and their propensity to welch, a good introduction acts to forestall the initial instinct by creating a guilt trigger.

And so in closing, if you ever get a chance do a friend a solid and roll out the red carpet for them.


6 Things You Can Do With Your Shell Gas Ka-Portable.

6 Things You Can Do With Your Shell Gas Ka-Portable.

(Disclaimer: This isn’t a paid article)

I’m what you call a wanderer. I suffer acute pangs of wanderlust that often take me many places. In my few adventures, I’ve always wanted to build my own travel “go bag” – a kit that is always ready and available to go on any adventure. The go-bag is like your Rambo knife for Navy Seals or like some flour, oil and a hot plate for a Musoga. Go-bags are built with patience. A few weeks ago when we were invited to the Cocktails In The Wild” adventure hosted by Roundbob I decided to pick up an important piece of my Go-bag. A small portable gas thingie from Shell. It was a 2 day excursion but along the way I discovered some fascinating things it can do, or you can do with it- if you have one:

1.It’s Portable:


The Shell Gas Ka-Portable: We got some camping mugs on our way that made drinking hot hot tea quite the adventure in shifting the cup from one hand to another.

Imagine those tiny 3 legged stools everyone has at their parent’s homes but no one pretends to know. Yeah those ones. That’s how nifty it is. Actually when you think of it, it can almost fit anywhere in your boot, on your lap (Someone of you carried girls who weighed 87kgs on the school bus and you’re out here raising your eyebrows? Shame on you)  or your leg space if your boot is packed. Weighing in at only 6kgs its also not heavy considering that you can do a lot with that on a camping trip( ahem, just like those buxom friends).

2.Making Hot Water:

Hot Water for: tea, cofee, soaking swollen feetafter a hike, frankfurters, a hot bath, your hot water bottle, washing utensils, and ultimatley for pouring on the bear if one decides to Dicaprio you.

Never go camping with people who still live at home with their parents. Why? Because they always want hot water to bathe. In Runyakitara they are called “abatesi” in Luganda they are called people with “e’kyejyo”. Anyway, with the little portable thingie you can quickly heat up showering water in under 15 mins so that you can go back to more important things…


3.More Important Things than Hot water:

Yes, more important things like breakfast. Hot tea, spear grass and mint tea. Metallic cups. We came back from our sun sunrise photo run to make breakfast for the hung over people who had been turnt (If you don’t know this word please go find a dictionary) the night before. If you cook with virgin Olive oil, you can make an omelet in 2.5 minutes, scrambled eggs in 3 and French toast in 4 minutes flat. Total feeding time for 30 people = 75 minutes

We’d had an early morning taking pictures of the sun rising over the Lugazi sugar plantation. See below what we caught while there:


4. As A Paper Weight for your tent:

If you are caught trying hold down your tent from flying off in the meddle of the forest as the wind blows. Just simply plonk your gas cylinder in your tent and not matter how hard the wind blows your tent will stay put. Also since some of you people weigh only 23kgs because of all the dieting y’all are doing.

5.As A Back Rest:

Also possible to use as a back support if you are seated on the ground and need back support and you don’t want ants climbing all over your shirt and blouse.


6.As A Restraint:

As far as parties go there is always bound to be the guy who you need to be restrain, tie to a tree or even downright handcuff. The portable thingie serves well as anyone who can move around with 10kgs handcuffed to their wrist has limited mobility (forget Jason Statham movies where guys can move around cuffed to a car and hurl the car around to hurt enemies). We found our guy

Justin wasn’t being unruly. We simply need to to prove that handcuffs can work on the gas thingie.  Ignore the furry handcuffs, that had nothing to do with cocktails in the wild

Ultimately, the little thing is light, handy and from now on a companion on any of my road trips. Thinking about it, if you are making a trip to the village, going for a funeral, or you are a regular road trip person it makes sense to get one. Unfortunately because I wasn’t paid for this article you’ll have to go their Facebook and get the price of the thingie but I can tell you that refilling is only UGX 57,000 (USD $16.7)

Are we going on a lot of adventures this year as KoiKoi? The answer is Yes – we have an exciting calendar of journeys to make this year including the much anticipated #KoiKoi North and The #KoiKoi Island Adventure!

Are we going to continue to bring astonishing exciting content from each trip? Yes – As can be seen on the #KoiKoiUG hashtag, we’ll continue partnering with brands to merge strong storytelling with real life situations to make memorable brand stories.

Shall we see Uganda fully and affordably? Yes – because each #KoiKoiUG adventure becomes a fully affordable, bookable trip on the Roundbob website.

Finally, shall we have fun? Well, I can’t answer that but you do know, eating French toast in the wild, now that’s what living is all about. See you on our next adventure.


Special Thanks:

Moroots without whom the trip couldn’t have been such an amazing memory, also because she took most of the shots of me. 🙂

David Gonahasa who is building the future right before our eyes at Roundbob

Siima, Gilbert and Rudende  and the whole X FM Crew who brought fire and spirit to the the wild. Those guys are LIT!

The #KoiKoiUG guys who make every adventure one worthy of the name.

Trip To Jinja

I recently made a trip to Jinja, actually on Val’s day, on a totally work-related project. However i had the good fortune to meet with some amazing photo opportunities. And so i took some.

At the source of the River Nile I found a young man with a familiar obsession. He would grow up at the river Nile.learn from his uncle or older brother how to surf the tumultuous waters on nothing more than a plastic jerrycan. He had never crossed the Nile; that thundering bastard of a river. He asked for 500 Ugandan shillings about a quarter of a USD and i wouldn’t have given it to him. But then he turned. I would give it to him, for a picture of his shirt. And now, brought to you for free at no cost to you my dear reader: Meet Rooney [as i came to know him] Are we seriously that obsessed?

Rooney The Fisherman
Then I saw a man fishing in the midday sun. Believe me you ain’t seen nothing till you see a man fish in the middle of a hot day for some apparently absent fish. He sat there; he had no rod, all he had was some fishing string tied to a hook and him and his six other friends just continuously cast out the fishing hooks which were tied onto the string and waited. It was like a scene out of Huckleberry Finn. I was almost sorry for him.

And then there was fish making out. ’nuff said

4. And there was the attack of the guys in blue along the way. When you stop to buy fresh vegetables and they accost you relentlessly to the point where they will put the dog meat in your{ yeah i have heard that in order to stay profitable after the global credit crunch hit their stocks on the NYSE, these traders substituted beef for canine} it is always interesting to see them swarm around the stopping cars hoping to sell the occupants a piece of half cooked canine.

I have always thought Ugandans had a strange sense of business acumen.

5. And there was the lake house;

some things in life I will never get over, some things I will. Its just a matter of time and the reason why this place still looks like a trash can out of the Amin era still makes my heart bleed.

Yeah. some things I will. Get Over