Edwin Ssenoga: African-Led Narrative

Edwin Ssenoga: African-Led Narrative

This is the first blog post of a series titled: African-Led Narrative

Edwin Ssenoga

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opportunities to constantly improve yourself. When I completed my bachelor's degree at university, it took me close to three years to get a job. Why? I never matched the standards of each company I sent my CV to - at least that is the feedback most employers sent me.

In Uganda today, when you review job adverts, you will often notice references to the qualifications for the position or the job requirements. For several companies, those qualifications are deemed by the employer as essential to satisfactory performance in that job.

Fresh from university, what I had was my degree, yet they found me unqualified when it came to certain practical skills, experience, and attributes.

Like many other graduates, I used to blame my joblessness on 'unfair and insensitive' employers, corrupt systems - then the government. Over time, I received advice from a close friend on how I could use what I already had to get what I didn't have.

Many times, we pity ourselves and list out nearly a million reasons as to why our dreams have not become a reality. I have come to believe that by the time one is born, he or she has something to enable them to fulfill their destiny or move to the next level in life. 

During my season of unemployment, I had unlimited access to internet for 3 years at home, but its wild that I could never see this as an advantage. Yet elsewhere, someone was signing deals to take on a multi-million job for which all they needed was internet. So many times, we are drowned in excuses about why we are failing that we forget what we have before us. 

You can create opportunity with whatever you have! There is nothing wrong with employers selecting from the best, since this is often indicative of the personality traits of the person they wish to hire. Each one of us is capable of operating at maximum potential. You will find companies that have no vacancies but are ready to take on volunteers. Why don't we use these opportunities to better ourselves? You see, every problem in society should be viewed as an opportunity. That is how innovation starts.  Today, I am using my other skills to get some side income.

As the number of graduates goes up relative to the number of jobs available, it is undeniable that employers will demand higher and higher requirements. Should we give up? No! We simply have to think outside the box. We have to stop seeing ourselves as victims and go to the top of the "food chain."

Anything you do now can be an added advantage to what you wish to pursue. The job I got after 3 years of 'hunting' has given me so much delight simply because of the minor opportunities I chose to take on earlier. They sharpened me and gave me experience I could otherwise never have had.

About the Author 

What do you enjoy?

Spending time with family and friends. It is always nice having a good laugh and having someone to talk to you about good times and tough times.

What is your favorite food?

Spaghetti and chicken. 🍝🍗🤤

What do you do in your free time?

I read a lot and watch a lot of movies.

What is your favorite animal?

Zebra. 🦓

What is your favorite music/artist/tv?

Music: Alternative Hip-Hop (i.e. Big Sean)

TV: Insecure

What is your favorite place in Uganda?

Masaka (got the most friendly people in the country).

What is your future ambition?

Owning a marketing agency.

What do you believe is the best quality about Uganda?

Natural hospitality.

What makes you happy?

Food.

Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

Toronto. 🇨🇦

#Omushana 's African-Led Narrative Series:

Our African-Led Narrative blog series is the opportunity to engage more critical insight into African experiences than our "Stories by Africans" page - to dive and dig deeper into the African experience predominately in Uganda.

This series was thought about by questioning: How has the narrative of Africa been shaped? What is being told, who is telling, and who is listening? Historically, stories about Africa and African lives have been told, predominately, by people who are not African themselves. This concept is about the people of Africa telling their own stories, sharing their lives, perceptions, and experiences, and creating their own narratives for the whole world - Africa and beyond - to listen.

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