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Is “Bad Black” The New Emblem Of Our Generation?

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nurse http://coastcakes.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/class-automatic-upgrader-skin.php "sans-serif"; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’;”>Bad Black graced the gossip pages of our newspapers and probably left many Ugandan tabloid media owners smiling from the bank.

dosage http://couponadventures.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/contact-form-template.php "sans-serif"; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’;”>You could be excused for thinking the mystery girl had read some statistics about our nation and planned her “show-woman ship” in the direction of her target audience.

I mean, she’s 22-years old and 75 % of Ugandans are below the age of 25 and over 40% below the age of 15.

No wonder you could hear a tone of admiration in every young adult conversation about the 22-year-old socialite.

Anyway, the drama wasn’t about to stop, theatrical court appearances continued as she kept momentum. Meanwhile, the world’s second youngest country kept applauding, with one media report indicating a street swamped by her fans upon her release on bail.

But maybe it was more than a controversial girl in court? Maybe it was more than music artistes appearing to stand surety for the young girl. Perhaps it wasn’t even about Bad Black after all. Perhaps the whole drama told us more about ourselves than Bad Black.

I saw a grain of admiration in most conversations about Bad Black –I could tell for example from the tone of most conversations at the university that my peers almost wished they were in her place. I could practically imagine a second year girl at the hostel so…d-y-i-n-g to be.

Well, perhaps that wasn’t my role to read minds but here are some similarities I easily connected between the young socialite’s lifestyle and the characteristics of our current young Ugandan population – the resemblance that makes me wonder whether she represents who we currently are as a nation.

1.A Highly active nocturnal life- tick. We have a current generation highly addicted to the drug of late nights out. I have practically sat in lectures where classmates argue over a Saturday morning class on silent grounds of a “hangover”, I have also interacted with many to whom half of their week is practically spent on the bar counter somewhere in industrial area.

2. Money, money, money-tick. This you could notice in the tone of how we all talked about her. It was like she represented our young hearts desires, if you have the Arab money, why not floss it – you could almost hear us re-echo her. Our identity based on the number of bank notes we possess-what yet another absurdity!

3. Exaggerated sense of self-importance – tick. Everyone seemed to have an “on scene” story about a bad black scenario (even when they just read it up in the papers) .conversations would go something like “Imagine she went to…and splashed …” All these reinforced our young culture current identity of swag, jewellery and delinquency and what scripture calls the pride of life.(1 John 2:16) “Bad black” seemed to embody all these in her exhibitions.

4. Celebrating the deplorable –tick, The chaps who lined up to celebrate her release from jail tell another story, a story characteristic of how we young Ugandans love celebrating the deplorable. Remember Big brother’s Gaetano? Former mayor Sebagala?,-we celebrated them like crazy- and just so you know, we-the celebrants-are the “future generation” that is “apparently” going to replace the older corrupt crop that has actually got some good criticism from us of recent, I now hope it won’t be a matter of the younger depraved replacing the older depraved.

A series of recent celebrity scenarios including celebrity fights and showbiz slips reveal a lot about the DNA of our current Uganda and what exactly matters to us. Of course as a Christian, My sole prayer is that God will impress on the hearts of many young Ugandans a cry of what matters at the sunset of our young adult lives.

My holy ambition is that my generation of “Bad Blacks” shall recapture the flame of knowing that transformed hearts are what eventually transform nations. And that regime change is almost a vain pursuit if it’s going to be about “younger thieves” replacing older ones.

Ultimately, My prayer is that 22year olds like “Bad Black” hear the gospel and embrace virtues and values that will define us all as people of quality -Even when we are young.

With these, I will remain desiring a new emblem for our generation, one with a new court of arms bearing an extra word on our national motto.

Something like …“For God and my country –seriously.”

The author is a student of Mass Communication At Makerere University.

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