The Makerere University Business School (MUBS) bazaar kicked off last week on August 14 at the main campus in Nakawa.
Aimed at enabling ‘fresh’ students acclimatize with university life, the event also allows students to shop, which implies business opportunities for senior students and entrepreneurs in town.
Moving around the campus environment, a lot of exhibitors can be seen, and notable among them are student association desks with leaders targeting new recruits from the year one students.
Student Clubs are started to serve different purposes, ranging from enriching students in Christian teachings, leadership among other pieces of knowledge in different aspects of life.
Speaking to Faith Flavia Atungonza, who prefers to be called Church Girl, she says their club is mainly about preaching the gospel and they use the Bazaar as an opportunity to enlist new members.
The club is called Anglican Christian Body.
Explaining their cause, Atugonza says: “… there is need for the children of God to come together as one. When united under prayer, the devil completely has no path. We try as much as possible to strengthen the army of God by encouraging more members to join us, especially the freshers, and this is the only crucial moment we find.”
Not wanting to be outcompeted, other clubs also try to lay their hands in every pie to make sure they don’t lose out.
Transport and Logistics is one of the most hard working clubs and, according to leaders, they register as many as 30 students every day.
Suzan Nampiima, one of the members takes us through the process of enrolling for membership.
“Our association is the simplest one to join because one only has to register his or her names and pay a little fee of Shs10,000 only, upon which one is given a membership card and that is all.”
For Byron chwinyaai, joining clubs and more so sparing time for Bazaar are not among his thoughts.
“I have nothing to do with the bazaar because I don’t have money to squander on things that really don’t matter,” he says.
He, however, adds: “But I’m very thankful to the University for organizing this huge bazaar for I had never seen such a thing before. I made a right choice to join MUBS so as to uplift the status of my wretched poor family background and I trust MUBS. That is why I have to focus on studies at an expense of anything else.”
ChimpReports understands the Bazaar will be closing this week on Saturday.