Thursday, January 15, 2015


This was the Original Post.

PEOPLE Do me a favour. Stop clicking LIKE on articles without reading them. I know you are not a speed reader. It would be better for you to walk away than pretend that you read things. Uganda has to stop this mentality of "too long, I will not read". No wonder some of you comment out of order. Reading is great for you. Do it or stay off my posts. How will you know what is going on in Uganda and around the world if you just read titles and not the article?

By Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda

ps: go look at the other article where Emma Ruud Nabende said that not reading it not good for you.  It is on this blog. 

This one was posted by one of my partners in Uganda, Emma Ruud Nabende as a reply to the doubters of reading. It is also on his Face Book wall.  We are passionate about reading.



Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi Napoleon Hill once wrote in his ‘The Master Key to Riches ‘ book , one’s reading program should be as carefully planned as his/ her daily diet, for that too is food; without it one cannot mentally developed.”Ah, Reading!
All right, in times like these where flood has taken over major part of the Northern Uganda, a write up on reading may not be an important issue to the majority, but can we do without it? In the olden days ‘wealth’ and power were measured in land size, quantity of gold and other material things. Contemporary economy wealth of successful nations is increasingly derived from one’s ability to have a laser-like memory and mega-byte ability to recall information and apply it to solve real life problems. The issue is how much reading does the Ugandaian do? Not too much. Thanks to TV, Cell Phone, Internet and I pod. “What?”. Hold on! Don’t start yelling. I bet I just
lost a few of you right there .But, that is okay. I’m
not against the modern day technology. My
position is that we are not doing enough reading,
period! Lack of time for reading has always been
the excuse if not the defense for the lazy ones. We make time for every other thing except reading. Hitherto, the argument was that we were
watching too much of the television. In recent
past, it was the cell phone and now the internet
and the I pod. Are Ugandans ever going to put
these gargets aside and grab books? Our
civilization is likely to face extinction if we do not encourage the appreciation of the culture of
reading. Please do not tell me we have access to
the internet therefore we can read on it .It’s
simply not the same. There is nothing like holding
a nice book in your hands and reading under a
tree. Here is a good exercise for you: Kindly ask any Ugandans —both home and abroad—to name the last five books he or she has read within a period of one year. Okay make those three books. Please, I do not mean text books. You are not likely to get one book, amazing isn’t it? This sound very tacky, but it will be a great fun for you. It will also go to tell you how profitable we use our time. Asking questions like that has the tendency to put things in the proper perspective so just play along. To make it funnier without attacking the ego and intellects of the individual, grateful ask him or her to name the book he or she is currently reading. Are you sweating yet? I bet with my last cedi that nine times out of ten they are not reading anything. But, I’m not sure if they are going to feel very comfortable to let you know that. In Uganda our reading habits stop or diminish when we complete our educational goals. But reading is good for the brain. The benefits of reading are so enormous. Read to learn new things. Read to lift your spirits. Read for
entertainment. Reading a book is better than the most popular television program and far better
than yakking into a plastic device all day. Buy books and make sure you read them all. This
is not a big problem for most people. Have a book
in your bath room, in your bed room and one in
your car. It’s always nice to have a book on hand
while you wait for your car mechanics at the
workshop. You can still skim through a book while waiting for the food to get cooked at the
kitchen. Anytime you are reading a book which
belongs to you make sure you have a highlighter
to mark the parts that say something to you. Make
margin notes as you read. You can also make
comments and notes on one of the blank pages at the back of the book. That will help you to refer
to a particular statement or quote in the pages
you read. To top it all, do not forget to brag about
the books you read or you are reading to your
friends. It would not hurt to boost your ego. Instead, you reinforce what you’re reading and the fact that you are learning. It might
encourage your friends to read something other
than flip through the sport page of the local
newspapers. Not bad, huh? My caution is, be careful of what you select to read. You become a product of the ideas you associate with the most. Reading wrong books can impair your ability to grow, figuratively .Some self-help books are written just to make the publishers tons of money, instead of challenging the mind of the reader. The best-seller is not necessarily an indication of a great book. Do not limit your reading to one particular area of study.
Philosophy, religion and history books are good
as business and entreperurial books. Above all,
your reading habit should uplift you and make you discover things you never knew about
yourself and your dreams, inspiration or
aspiration. In other words, read high-quality,
content-rich material books to enrich your brain,
to broaden your horizon to better understand
this world that you and I have come too inherit. What to do to increase the reading habits of
Ugandans :
1) The government should give financial incentive
to writers and publishers to increase the
production of quality reading material in the
2) Every town and village should be encouraged
to have a well-stocked library.
3) Reading competition should be introduced in
all levels of our educational system where
students can earn academic credits for reading
certain amount of books a term.
4) The government should encourage Ugandans
abroad to solicit for relevant used books from
their host countries. I know in American schools
throw away tons of books every year.
5) A national Literacy Award should be instituted
to encourage books publishing, writers, readers
and sellers to invest in that industry.
6) National Literacy Campaign should be
launched to help people learn how to read and
7)A national reading hour should be instituted
with the conjunction with employers to set aside
one hour every week where the employees
would spend one hour to do nothing, but
read .Have I gone too far ? Have you thought of
the number lost hours professional”lotto” Professors” spend in working lotto at the various
offices at the ministry and other government
departments across the country? Nope, you
haven’t. The point is, making reading a national
issue would do more than giving the people the
chance to be very productive and active participants of the national and international
debates. It would allow thousands, if not millions
of Ugandans to discover a lot of information they
do not know.
8) The publishing industry should invest in programs which entice people to read constantly and religiously. Reading can become a healthy lifetime addiction. In the developed world every successful person has a library in his house and every successful politician writes a book. Doesn’t this give us a reason to copy them? In our part of the world our veteran politicians are busy trying to recycle themselves into office than writing a nice book forthe next generation to read. That would be a win, win situation for the nation‘s
and individuals’ development. After all, no one
gets hurt by doing too much reading. And, a
nation full of readers would ultimately constitute a
good resource pool for the development of the
nation—I hope. No bi so?

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