Writer: Rebecca Emong

Christmas holidays is one of those holidays I always look forward to. I get to travel to the village in Amolatar (the centre of Uganda), spend time with family, ohhh my God the late night sleep, jazz with sisters and cousins all night, gossip so to say and laugh out loud until my Daddy is irritated and comes around to get us silent. Ah! Moments like these are treasured. Not forgetting of course the kneeling to greet each and every visitor that comes around. We are to fall to our knees and introduce oneself to the guests.

You don’t know this about me but I love animals. Our love grows with each day that passes. Christmas in Amolatar means spending lots of time with the cows, sheep and the goats, and hanging out in the farm. I usually make an event of naming each animal based on different factors: color, shape among other things really. This is like one of the exciting activities during this period. Traveling to the farm behind the farm pick-up is everything. Think of it as an interesting tour. I would not trade the experience for anything.

Food food food “ ah glorious food,” how did I forget about the malakwang and kwon , boyo , these traditional delicacies bring the village feel to life. It is usually a welcome taste having been in
town far away from home.

My heart breaks each time I am reminded that this year will be different.

2020, what happened to you?
You make us miss this interesting holiday, why?
Because of you I will not be seeing my Amolatar,
or late night giggling with the cousins
and my tour in the farm truck have become all but a memory
But anyway, as the saying goes, to live is a blessing.
Thank God for the gift of life
I look forward to the 2021 Christmas holiday.

Rebecca Emong
Leah Grace Oketcho, is a highly talented Communication specialist, gifted in leadership with over 3 years of leadership and management experience at different levels. She is a team player and has demonstrated ability in mobilizing and organizing others to achieve desired goals. Oketcho is well vast in the art of creating alternatives for ways to get results. She has over the years grown in the art of corporate communications and also participated in the development of performance management materials for various professional institutions. Leah received training in research, scripting, international relations, and data analysis as well as public relations. She is passionate about solving public health related problems. She has offered training to youth in oral and written communication, people management and mentoring, editing and documentation skills, public speaking.

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