The history of Uganda evokes a deep emotion from people of Indian origin across the globe. The mere mention of Idi Amin becomes a mythical spell that divides people, communities and creates deep rooted misunderstanding. This year marks 50 years since the exodus of Asians from Uganda. It was also the beginning of one of the most brutal aspects to the country’s history, with over 500,000 being murdered.
Today I sit with Odrek Rwabwogo to discuss the powerful concept of “Ugandanness”, the revival of its multiculturalism, its enate compassion and the lessons the world can learn from this land-linked economy.
About Odrek Rwabwogo
Odrek Rwabwogo was appointed Uganda’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Trade promotion for the country last August, he is a Ugandan businessman with interests in agriculture, security and construction. His company is called Tomosi and is known for dairy products processing and farming. He was educated at Makerere University Uganda and University of Wales Cardiff in UK. He mentors young people in business with his weekly podcast on Enterpreneurship in a developing country under one of his group companies called TerpMedia. He is married with four children.
About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.
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We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together. Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.
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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guests: in order of appearance
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