Rwenzori: One of Africa’s Greatest Ecological Wonderlands, at Crossroads in the face of Climate Change

By Rushongoka Wa-Mpiira, the Open Sustainability Institute. ________  Overview – Mountains are stunning ecological wonders. And they are home to all forms of life, the small, the strong and the large. They influence what happens within and around them but most importantly what happens in regions afar. Mountains cover almost a quarter (22 percent) of … More Rwenzori: One of Africa’s Greatest Ecological Wonderlands, at Crossroads in the face of Climate Change

Self-sufficiency is poverty – argues Matt Ridley

“The cumulative accretion of knowledge by specialists that allows us each to consume more and more different things by each producing fewer and fewer is, I submit, the central story of humanity”. ~ Matt Ridley  ______ I’m only through with the first chapter into Matt Ridley’s ‘The Rational Optimist’. Anyone would wait to finish the … More Self-sufficiency is poverty – argues Matt Ridley

Mystical Rwenzori: What you will learn hiking to Margherita Peak!

By Rushongoka Wa-Mpiira __________ Then the sun retreats into its cradle as you settle down for the campfire at the base camp. The portal peaks are already peeping their heads out and it looks like a lost world, but you are quickly reminded that where you are headed the next day, is much isolated, much … More Mystical Rwenzori: What you will learn hiking to Margherita Peak!

Why we must Cycle our way to Sustainable Cities!

By Rushongoka Wa-Mpiira, the Open Sustainability Institute. “My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything” ~ Peter Golkin  Away from the most obvious benefits; keeping you fit, reduction in congestion and traffic jams, convenience, affordability, recreation and enjoying the simple pleasures, the humble bicycle has … More Why we must Cycle our way to Sustainable Cities!

Jojo The Traveler, My Icon of Refinement since Childhood!

Dearest Jojo, I didn’t see you as a young girl; not only because I joined the big family crew many years later but also because by the time I began comprehending things, you had moved to live with our grannies at the famous Rwenshinya Hill. I can’t possibly remember the first time we officially met, … More Jojo The Traveler, My Icon of Refinement since Childhood!

The Fourth Heritage: A Book Every Ugandan Should Read!

Emmanuel Sunlight Kirunda makes very pertinent and mind boggling cases in his book; The Fourth Heritage: How we Ugandans can Integrate our Tribal, Religious and Colonial heritages. Emmanuel and I met only a couple months ago and he was intrigued, at our first encounter, by the fact that I legally dropped my former westernized name … More The Fourth Heritage: A Book Every Ugandan Should Read!

My Maiden City Birding Expedition: The Start of a Whole New Journey of Adventure!

The Black Headed Heron, one of the highlights of our birding excursion  It’s 7:47AM on a Saturday morning of Oct 10, 2015 and I am already in Entebbe waiting for my birding partner and guide, a very experienced and passionate birder – Samuel Rukundo – who is also the Founder of The City Birder. I … More My Maiden City Birding Expedition: The Start of a Whole New Journey of Adventure!

My Tanga Escapade

The vehicle is moving at a snail pace, what ordinarily would take a maximum of 12 hours took us in excess of 18 hours to reach Nairobi. Leaving Kampala shortly after 6am, we only reached Nairobi after midnight. For me, the snail pace is no cause for any worries since I had taken a week … More My Tanga Escapade

Abagabe b’Ankore I: An intriguing and highly informative book.

When I visited my local book store recently, I was only looking for Katondoozi (the Runyankore dictionary). I didn’t find a copy but I couldn’t afford to leave the store empty handed. I picked Abagabe b’Ankore I (Kings of Ankore Kingdom). So in the last couple of weeks I have been going through the pages … More Abagabe b’Ankore I: An intriguing and highly informative book.