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FRED GyaviIra Kyaka

SOCIAL MARKETING DIRECTOR - PSI UGANDA
School:    Namilyango College
Alumnus:    Class of 1997
Years @School:    1992-1997
Dormitory:    “McKee”
Nicknames:    “Headboy, Gyavi”

Favourite subject in school & why?

  • Biology and Chemistry because of Mr. Okidi PC

Favourite food in school & why?

  • Not much choice anyway. Cassava from Tea-shade and Sweet Potatoes (Ndalu).

Favourite story about interschool rivalry?

  • Got to be SMACK – the weevils that dates from way back. There was a time we had to go for a debate at Namagunga but we had transport challenges because we’d just lost one of our teachers, Mr. Ssegilinya aKa Segzy and the school bus was going to take people for burial. The deputy HM at the time Mr. Kitya secured space for us on the Kinda (Namilyango Junior) truck that was headed to Jinja and must have asked the debating patron to ask one of the other participating schools to drop us in Seeta on the way back. As fate would have it, we were given a lift by the Weevils and the banter started as soon as we took off. At the famous Namawojjolo, one of the weevils called Joseph Kabuga bought Plantain (Gonja) and slid it carefully in the blazer of a Namilyango student, and along the way it was alleged that one of the vendors complained of Gonja theft from one of the students. A search ensued on the way and it was “discovered” in the pockets on one of our own. We never heard the end of it all.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED

  • Boma Primary School, Mbarara
  • East Kololo Primary School
  • St. Marys Boarding Primary School, Nabbingo

SECONDARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED

  • St. Henry’s College Kitovu (S.1)
  • Namilyango College (S.2 to S.6)

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED

  • Makerere University
  • Class Captain ( 1993-94)
  • Senior House Captain- McKee (1995-1996)
  • Chairman Biology Club (1996)
  • Deputy Director Club Service – Interact Club (1995)
  • Vice Chairman, Debating Club (1995)
  • Interact Club (1995-97)
  • Debating Club (1995-97)
  • Soccer – McKee House Keeper (1995-96)
  • Rugby (1995-97)

What was your OWN most impactful memory from school?

Picking one is difficult, but it should be about the shock I got when I joined the school in my S.2. I had been used to performing well without extremely hard effort, and when I joined the school, the syllabus coverage was ahead of where I was coming from, and I took ill in my first term at the school missing more than a week of class hospitalized.

The shock of my position on the report turning out 117th out of 170 students set the tone of my stay at the college as I worked hard to get to the top 20 students by S4. While there was compulsory morning prep back in my previous school, it wasn’t the case in Namilyango and yet students woke up in the night to go and read on their own. The students you played with outside class would get up on their own to do personal reading while you slept off, so it was important early on in life that I had to make clear of my own purpose and goals in school.

 

What are at least 5 slangs or cultures that you remember from school and what did they mean?

  • Kinaze – an orange peel that was thrown around especially when power was off. If often hurt stuck to the chick for a couple of seconds before dropping down.
  • Kasota – Strict prefect
  • Winter – Reading late in the night
  • Ndalu- Sweat Potatoes
  • Shelling – friendly banter that involved funny name calling and laughing at something about a person such as body part, dressing, accent etc

What are at least 5 slangs or cultures that you remember from school and what did they mean?

  • Kinaze – an orange peel that was thrown around especially when power was off. If often hurt stuck to the chick for a couple of seconds before dropping down.
  • Kasota – Strict prefect
  • Winter – Reading late in the night
  • Ndalu- Sweat Potatoes
  • Shelling – friendly banter that involved funny name calling and laughing at something about a person such as body part, dressing, accent etc

What is a message of inspiration to anyone reading this profile?

One of my greatest inspirations that has driven me is a scripture that comes from the bible in Romans 8:28, “All things work out for good for them that love God and are called according to his purpose.” This has not allowed me to dwell on anything that hasn’t gone right or as I anticipated in life; I quickly dust myself and move on believing something good will happen from the experience and there is no wasted experience in life. Like John Maxwell says, I fail forward.

Please name three people from your class:

Dr. Franklin Butuyuyu
Dr. Arthur Kwizera
Moses Tusubira

What is your current job/profession? Social Marketing Director -PSI Uganda

What is your life motto/mantra? I am blessed to bless

What are you up to now in life? Growing my leadership and influencing skills to add better value to Uganda

life legacies

Courage

Business & Pleasure

Friendship

Self Leadership

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