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Makerere University Has Always Been a Breeding Ground for Positive Change Agents - Lorna Magara

" Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Makerere University, right from its formation in 1922, has been a place synonymous with facilitating individuals to achieve their full potential and, by extension, agents of positive change and impactful innovation upon returning to their communities."
posted onOctober 14, 2022
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The Chairperson of Makerere University Council Lorna Magara said that Uganda's oldest and largest university has always been an incubator for positive change.

Magara, who was speaking at a two-day symposium organised to honour the life and legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, cited the former Tanzanian leader and anti-colonial activist among alumni of the university that had an immense impact on the continent.

The event, which was held at Mak's Freedom Square, attracted hundreds of established and emerging leaders, to discuss the history and future of Africa while paying tribute to Nyerere who would now be 100 years. He celebrates his 100th birthday with his alma mater Makerere University.

The event was organised under the theme: "Imagining together an African Future led by Africa's youth."

Magara said: ". As Chairperson of the Council, I am incredibly humbled that you chose Makerere University as the venue for this symposium, especially in a year when we celebrate a century of both Makerere University and Mwalimu Nyerere. Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Makerere University, right from its formation in 1922, has been a place synonymous with facilitating individuals to achieve their full potential and, by extension, agents of positive change and impactful innovation upon returning to their communities."

She continued: "Your Excellencies, ladies, and gentlemen, our gathering here today is testimony that Mwalimu Nyerere fulfilled his part as a student – he eagerly availed himself of the splendid opportunities of service and advancement that Makerere afforded him."

On his part, Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said the university was proud of Nyerere's impact on the world, citing President Yoweri Museveni among his students.

President Museveni saw to it that a leadership centre in honour of Julius Nyerere is set up at Makerere University.

"Makerere University takes great pride in the achievements of Mwalimu Nyerere. It is therefore extremely gratifying that the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation continues to promote the ideas of Peace, Unity and People-centred development that Mwalimu so cherished," Prof Nawangwe said.

"Furthermore, it is no wonder that His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, a proud student and admirer of what Mwalimu Nyerere stood, for saw it fit to establish the Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre at Makerere University to further advance his mentor’s causes. As shared by the Executive Director and Board Chairperson in their remarks, the Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre exists to promote intergenerational dialogue on African history, the study of Africa’s revolutionary movements, and as a centre for knowledge and research."

The symposium mostly focused on propagating a youthful mindset that will take on the mantle of leading Africa forward. Prof Nawangwe observed that the symposium was timely.

"According to the United Nations, Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 70% of sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30. Whereas many protagonists describe this as a demographic dividend unless this bulging youth population is helped to realize their full potential and access gainful employment, we are looking at a ticking time bomb," he said.

"It is therefore my hope and prayer that the cross-generational conversations on Pan-Africanism that are going to characterise this symposium will offer meaningful insights to our younger delegates on how true Pan-Africanists ought to conduct themselves. Furthermore, I pray that the communiqué that will be issued at the end of this symposium will offer appropriate guidance on how we ought to take the debate on Imagining together an African Future led by Africa’s Youth forward."

Internal Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire, who spoke on day two of the event, urged youths to commit themselves to optimise African resources for a "comfortable" future.

He also said he was among those inspired by Nyerere and told the attendees that it's the living that can only honour by "finishing what he started".

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