By VOM News Team
Back in 2001, American Rapper Nelly released his lead single from the Soundtrack Movie, training day, #1.
Nelly poses a question, most of us ask ourselves till the day we die, what does it take to be number one?
His lyrics go ahead to spell out that, In the pursuit for greatness, “Number Two is not a winner and Number Three, nobody ever remembers”
Nelly’s thoughts on #1 track can be subjected to debate however the question remains, what does it really take to be number one?
The month of December 2021 offers great insight into the lives of two individuals from Kisoro district who have earned themselves well deserved recognition for being the best in their trade.
On December 2nd 2021, while at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kampala Skyz, Voice of Muhabura Online Editor Alex Gahima was among a handful of elite Journalists who were recognized for their contribution towards Journalism in the country.
The HIV, SRH and SGBV Media Awards 2021 saw Gahima walk away with the best Investigative Story for radio.
As fate would have it, a few days later, Bobosi Byaruhanga, a midfielder with Vipers FC would carry the day with the Airtel FUFA Male Player of the year 2021 in a glamorous function at Speke Resort, Munyonyo.
What a joyous week it was for the people of Kisoro.
“Hard work and determination is the key to success, find that one thing that you truly believe in and never let go, no matter what anyone else tells”, Gahima explains
Gahima, who has been in the Journalism field for the last 7 years says it has not always been easy because Journalism in Kisoro and largely in Uganda is push- pull.
He however says, the media landscape has greatly changed due to the Covid -19 Pandemic and advancement in technology.
“You no longer need to walk up to someone’s office with your CV and ask for a job, educate yourself using the existing learning materials around you, take bold steps of faith and use the internet to propel yourself into the media space, Gahima points out.
He notes that the journey to number one has not been an individual one and notes that thanks to family, friends and various mentors along the way, it has all been possible.
The two time award winning Journalist and teaching Assistant of Journalism at Metropolitan International University in Kisoro encourages all Journalists to keep striving for excellence.
“Evidence based reporting, verify your facts, check, double check, triple check and ask yourself, if the story is going to bring healing and development or is it simply going to tear communities apart, Gahima emphasized.
Unlikely Superstar from the Hills of Kisoro
The Airtel Male Player of the year 2021 Bobosi Byaruhanga is a man of few words, often preferring to deliver on the soccer pitch.
The Vipers SC and Uganda Cranes’ defensive Midfielder found himself breaking down during an emotional awards ceremony where he says Kisoro will always be where his story started from.
In a teary tone, Bobosi reminisced how they couldn’t afford schools fees after his dad passed on but football gave him a chance to study.
“I lost my father when I was young and school fees became a challenge. It is at this moment that I want to thank Mr. Justus Mugisha who got me from Kisoro and offered me a scholarship at Standard High School, Zzana.”
Bobosi says, never giving up on your dreams means anything is possible.
Kisoro district Football Association Chairman Sunday Andrew says Bobosi Byaruhanga has potential to lift this country to greater heights adding that he is a personal inspiration to many young boys and girls in Kisoro.
Bobosi Byaruhanga first Coaches at Young Simba Nshimiyimana Benon aka Gacucu says he is proud of Bobosi Byaruhanga because he worked hard to achieve his childhood dream of playing on the national team.
He called upon other rising stars like Niyingirimana Herbert and Mandela Alex who play for Kigezi homeboys FC in Kabale to borrow a leaf from Bobosi and Abdulla Salim who at the next level.