Take away. As the campaign kicked off last week spearheaded by different presenters from Dembe FM, Spark TV and KFM at different secondary schools, there were a bounty tips for choosing careers, writes Isaac Ssejjombwe.
We all make decisions in our lives. Decisions that can either make you or break you, depending on the path one takes. In most cases, those decisions come during adolescence. It is at this stage that some people start taking drugs, others engage in gambling and other antisocial behaviour. Then comes the lot that bears children.
It is through such choices that Dembe FM and Spark TV’s Isaac Katende, alias Kasuku, decided to start up an initiative dubbed ‘celebrities making a difference’ recently. This initiative is aimed at empowering the youths on life after school and it will be happening in different schools in the coming months.
Trinity Academy, Bwebajja on Entebbe Road was the first school that the campaign kicked off from. Their theme ‘life after school’ drew multitudes of students who were entertained by enjoyed themselves through some performances as well as getting the message from the key speakers of the day.
Make as many friends
After performing for the students who had converged in the main hall, Lydia Jazmine told them about her journey in the music industry. She narrated how she has been able to make it by leaps and bounds through the connections she made when she was just starting out.
“You might see us with many fans and making money, but it was never easy back then. I used to be a back-up artiste for musicians such as the Goodlyf Crew (comprising Radio and Weasel), among others and I would do it about three times a week. I did it for years until I decided to try out a career of my own, going solo,” Jazmine said.
Jazmine added that she paid Nessim, a renowned music producer Shs150,000 to record her first song You know alongside Rabadaba. This was a miserable amount going by the fact that to record a good song back then, one needed Shs400,000. But because they were friends with the producer, he was able to give her a discount for a studio session which later turned out a big hit.
“It’s rare in Uganda’s music industry to have a hit for your breakthrough song. I was able to do that and thanks to the people I had made friends earlier,” she said.
Music is not for failures
Patricia Nalumansi, a Senior Five student, said she all along thought that music was only done by failures in life. However, after the musician’s story, she realised that with focus and good networks, one can prosper in any field not only in music alone.
Never underestimate any job
Kasuku, on the other hand, advised students to take on life as it comes and never underestimate any job. It might be through that low income job that someone can earn a dream job.
“Never underestimate any job. We had a son of a minister in secondary school and he was getting everything on a silver platter. As we were doing odd jobs, he was warming up for a top position in one of the big companies in Uganda. Unfortunately, his father passed on and everything they owned was taken away from them. The only option was to do odd jobs but because he wasn’t used to that kind of life, he resorted to abusing drugs and he is wasted,” Kasuku told the students.
He added that it is this story among other examples that triggered his thoughts about starting this initiative so as to help other people from making mistakes that can destroy their lives.
Setting pace for the future
Best Kemigisha, a Senior Three student, at the school appreciated the initiative.
“I believe it will help us set pace for our future careers. It feels good to have people like him who have made it in life to come and share life changing experiences we can always borrow a leaf from. This indeed will help us to make informed decisions in life,” she said.
Other life changing stories came from KFM’s James Peterson who presents the K-Drive as well as Shafique Kayima of Dembe FM.