Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good-looking. They become rich and powerful by wanting to be rich and powerful, a quotation from the world’s best-selling books by Paul Arden reads.
This quote best describes one of our own highly respected entrepreneur whose trustworthiness and work ethics have made him scoop over 80 Awards and Titles worldwide that no one else in Uganda has ever earned other than Professor, Sir, Dr, Chairman, Chief Executive, Chancellor ….Gordon Babala Kasibante Wavamunno. Philimon Badagawa writes
From a humble beginning that started with Wavamunno escorting his daddy to the market to buy Matooke, cabbage and trading coffee, he is now the only Black man importing Mercedes cars in Africa. A farmer with a modern farm, a publisher, a proprietor of WBS television, owner of UAP insurance, founder of a motor mechanical engineering school at Nakawa, and so on besides being an industrialist employing over 2,000 people.
Dr. Wavamunno is currently the Vice Chancellor of Nkumba University.
His advice to university students
As a loving father and parent, the Professor urges university students to set up goals aimed at success. “Have a vision of what you want to be and where you want to be; and without a goal, it is difficult to score,” he tells students.
He says being at university is not the end of the world. “The university is the beginning of your career journey, the university gives you the knowledge that you can use for the betterment of your future”
Concerning work ethics, Dr. Wavamunno advises students to be trust worth to both the public and friends and never engage in corruption for quick cash.
“I have never been in any corruption scandal, but don’t I need money,” he points out.
Tips to overcome unemployment
With the challenges caused by the education curriculum in Uganda, unemployment is one of the greatest silent killers of students’ future hopes in this country today.
However, Dr. Wavamunno says all is not lost if graduates can change their mindset. He notes that graduates should not only think of white-color jobs but also do any kind of work that can earn them money.
If you fail to get the job you are qualified to do, take up any job available. I have always met masters’ graduates in developed countries working in hotels as waiters and some with PhDs but working as drivers. The trend in Uganda is totally different and students need to change their mindset,
He noted out the other weakness killing graduates is over reliance on parents and lecturers. “Never rely on your parents and lecturers to get jobs for you after campus, instead ask them to be your referees when applying for jobs”
After leaving campus never shy away from going back to the village, you may have an opportunity there,
“Don’t look for the next opportunity, the one you have in hand is the opportunity,” Prof. Wavamunno concludes.