Thursday, 11 March 2010

Autobiography of the Author of the Book entitled "Sultan Isara"

"I was born 36 years ago in Ewava, a small village in Arua District of Uganda. According to Mama Evelyn Ocokoru, d/o Sultan Isara, the great Vurra Chief, I was born on Wednesday 6th July 1975 attended to by a traditional birth attendant. Sultan Isara died on 26th July 1949. Evelyn’s mother who died on 12th October 1995 was called Alia d/o Mukungu Aroa of Pajulu. My father Michael Omvitibo (R.I.P.) was born to Yakobo Oyi (R.I.P.) from Luu clan of Lugbara in the year 1940.Yakobo Oyi s/o Aziku died on 16th June 1985 while Michael Omviti’bo died on 5th January 2009. He was the only son of Rachael A’dakuru d/o Ajuanya of Anjuu from Bunakua’s family. A’dakuru was distinguished by clean feet and large ears, the features inherited by me. She gave me this name to mourn her sons she lost prematurely. Rakiel A’dakuru died on 27th January 1988.

I first met with formal education in Zaire (currently DRC) while in exile (1981/82 at Ecol Primary Official de Oce), then joined Eruba Primary School in 1983 for Class One during Obote II regime. I was the school Time Keeper for three years (1986-88). I excelled in PLE in Ewava Primary School in the year 1989, the year Arua experienced fatal famine, with aggregate 7 and distinction 1 in Science (92%) emerging the Best Candidate of Science in Vurra County. I was awarded two books (Hard Times by Charles Dickens and Complete Certificate Chemistry) as a prize by Dr. Eric Adriko who was then Member of Parliament for Vurra Constituency. This took place during Vurra Education Week 1990. I served as the secretary for English Club while in Ewava.

With this result I secured a place in St Joseph’s College Ombaci in Arua District for S1. For the next six years I was in Ombaci for both O and A‘Level studies. I was entrusted with the Chairmanship of Uganda Students’ Scripture Union Fellowship - Ombaci Branch in 1994/5 and elected the treasurer, Uganda Youth Redcross/ Crescent Ombaci Branch the same years. I attribute my success first to Almighty GOD, and then to both my parents and siblings, and Mr. Michael Knights a British Pharmacist and a Missionary who sponsored me at various levels of my Education. I was born fourth in a family of six children in this order: Anna Onzia, Alex Onzoma, James Candisi, Ruth Draru and lastly Janet Inzikuru. I further sat a supplementary A’Level Art Exam in 2003 at Kasese High School while working. With this and the Mature Entry of Makerere University, I was able to secure admission for Bachelor of Laws of Makerere University where I did one year 2005/6 at my personal expense, and Cisco Networking Course 2008 at the same University, the course which was sponsored by Elizabeth Cakuru. My character is sometimes simple, softspoken but reserved. Of course my principal is ever to succeed at all cost in a smart way and motto: “Achieve with Discretion”.

Due to circumstances beyond my dreams, I was recruited into Uganda Police Force in the year 1998 instead of joining the University to study my dream course (Medicine). So far, I have served in Kasese District Police Station and currently at Entebbe International Airport. Apart from employment, I do my small business at my cherished Computer Centre (Michael Knights Computer Net Services) in Kitooro, Entebbe. Isara Memorial Cultural and Community Library is my Brainchild Project to unite the sons and daughters of Isara and the descendants. I hope to initiate so many projects and programmes to benefit the community of Vurrra and the Lugbara People. It was also a big challenge for me to write the Biography of my grandfather Sultan Isara in 2008.

My hobbies are basically two. I like and enjoy adventures. The first time I traveled by plane is the most memorable in my life. On 10th May 2008, I left for United Arab Emirates and landed at Dubai International Airport about half past midnight aboard Emirates Air upon the invitation of Ms Elizabeth Cakuru, daughter of Mzee David Aiku who paid for all the travel expenses. I was charged with the responsibility of escorting Mzee David Aiku. He is one of the great elders of Vurra Ezuku, Isara’s clan, to attend his granddaughter’s wedding in London, but I was denied a Visa by the British High Commission, therefore, I escorted him half way up to Dubai. I later lodged in Piccadilly Hotel in Deira, Dubai for close to one week before my premature return to Uganda. On arrival, in the first 15 minutes, I bought a book (Leadership by Emotional Intelligence). Book reading is my hobby and that is why I have the desire of setting up many libraries to encourage reading culture. I am also a football fan and my cherished English team is Manchester United. I admire the biographies of great leaders like Koffi Annan a true African elite, Mahatma Gandhi father of India, Nelson Mandela -African freedom fighter, Mao Ze Tong of China, Giuliani the former mayor of New York, Dr. Erik Adriko and Sultan Isara, my grandfather.

I am proud and thank GOD for a family. My dear wife Jennifer Bua and three children (Josephat Drileba, Hoglund Ester Ceniru and Penelope Evelyn Asi’bazu)."