“Dear Dr Kizza Besigye and Winnie Byanyima, your son Anselm looks terribly ugly and embarrassing with dreadlocks and now a cigar,” Brian B. Bakampa tweeted.
“That’s fine too. He is 17,” she tweeted in response to a follower who was concerned about Anselm’s picture puffing a cigar on his graduation day last week.
The Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, defended her son about his picture which went viral on social media.
“Dear Dr Kizza Besigye and Winnie Byanyima, your son Anselm looks terribly ugly and embarrassing with dreadlocks and now a cigar,” Brian B. Bakampa tweeted to both Byanyima and Dr Kizza Besigye.
Anselm on May 28, 2017 received his High School Diploma from Choate Rosemary Hall at Oxford University in England after four years. He was the president of a debate club.
Dr Besigye, Byanyima and their son Anselm
The following day, Dr Besigye tweeted: “Different cultures and different traditions! Cigar smoking at High School graduation is a strange and unhealthy one!!”
Smoking cigar is an unwritten tradition for all the graduates to smoke a cigar after the diplomas are passed out in some European countries mostly UK.
It is one of those traditions where the younger students look at it as a sign of success because in order to do it you have to graduate.
“I don’t know why it started but it is mostly just a symbol of our next chapter in life, where we are older and more mature. Some of the faculty aren’t too fond of it because it can be dangerous having hundreds of cigars lit up in a small area but all the students do it regardless because they all feel as if they deserve it,” 21-year-old graduate, a resident of Georgetown, Washington DC writes.