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What mama told me

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th May 2010 03:00 AM

MUM always told me never to give up in whatever I did because success goes to those who work hard to earn it. That no matter how bad things got, I should always have a smiling face and press for my goals without allowing anyone to put me down.

MUM always told me never to give up in whatever I did because success goes to those who work hard to earn it. That no matter how bad things got, I should always have a smiling face and press for my goals without allowing anyone to put me down.

CRYSTAL NEWMAN, RADIO PRESENTER
MUM always told me never to give up in whatever I did because success goes to those who work hard to earn it. That no matter how bad things got, I should always have a smiling face and press for my goals without allowing anyone to put me down. That faith and belief in God were the most important things. She encouraged me to have patience and to be forgiving when I am wronged.

IRYN NAMUBIRU, MUSICIAN
She told me that I had to believe in myself first to attain whatever I desired in future. She also warned me never to worry about those that talked ill of me because even Jesus Christ, an innocent man was not spared from ill talk. If I believed in myself, she said, people’s words wouldn’t bring me down. For marriage, she always said: “Handle them yourself, don’t come running to me for help because everyone has problems in marriage.”

DR. NSABA BUTURO, MINISTER OF ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
My mother always told me and my siblings to understand that all people are equal before God, and so we should respect everyone in their own station. That it didn’t matter whether they were below, above or on the same level. She instilled in us the necessity of humility. She didn’t have a lot of property but respected everyone the way they came. That respecting those who had less than we did was even more important.

BOBBY WILLIAMSON, UGANDA CRANES COACH
She said I needed to always wear clean underwear. She would say that an emergency which required me to be stripped could happen anytime, say a motor accident. Clean underwear was important so that I wouldn’t be disgraced.

MARTIN SSEMPA, PASTOR, SOCIAL ACTIVIST
My mum was very devoted to God. She stressed the need to be God-fearing. She was initially a Catholic before getting born-again. She would go for prayers teaching us a prayerful lifestyle. She demonstrated to us that hard work was important. Being a primary school teacher, she was often transferred to new schools. The first thing she did wherever we went was to obtain a plot of land nearby and use it for subsistence farming.

GENERAL ELLY TUMWINE, ARMY OFFICER, ARTIST
When my mother fell sick and was going for an operation, she prayed: “Lord if you think I have finished my work, take me. But if I still have work to do, let me accomplish it.” Those words govern my life. I should do what I can to the best of my ability and leave the rest to God. She once told me that it is the soft neck that swallows a hard one. That has taught me that we need patience and softness to triumph at hard tasks.

What mama told me

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