Late review, I know… I’ve just been really busy lately… So here it goes, the full review of my trip to Uganda…
I’m going to first start off by saying how humbling this experience was. I hate how some people like to brag about the fact that they are “ghetto” individuals, like as if it was a cool/great/good thing, but after having been to Uganda, it makes me hate those types of people even more haha.
Our flight to Uganda was dreadful. IAD (Dulles) to CHI (Chicago O’Hare), then CHI to IST (Istanbul International), then IST to EBB (Entebbe International). Once again, the movie monitor for my seat malfunctioned during take-off for CHI to IST flight so I had to fly 12 hours straight of no movies or music. I slept most of the way through but I also spent a good 3 or 4 hours staring at the malfunctioning screen. I seem to have the worst luck with those stupid monitors on airplanes. Traveling with my co-workers from WBL was interesting though. We had a good time and learned a lot about each other. I learned that Bomani enjoys beers. I also learned that Lauren is not a 100% legit vegetarian. She will dig on some bird as long as it is prepared/processed a certain way haha. I learned that Mazi loves to eat samosas. What did they learn from me you ask? Well… Lauren learned that I enjoy jammin’ to Duran Duran’s “The Reflex” joint. Bomani learned that I have a high standard for beers. Mazi learned that I am pretty close to my Korean heritage and that I’m not just a white dude in a Korean body haha.
Okay! So about Uganda….
The conditions of the ghetto community in Uganda are really rough. I wish I could have done more besides teach dancing to those kids. It seems so hopeless for those kids there. Fortunately for some kids, community leaders like Babaluku use Hip-Hop to teach different elements of the culture to inspire kids and teach them to use those skills to better themselves within their community. I taught a four hour long workshop for the b-boys there. I taught different concepts in top-rocking, go-downs, and footwork. I held a short cypher to show different examples of the concepts I taught and to also help them understand what the vibe of a cypher should feel like. This generation of up-and-coming hip-hop activists and artists in Uganda will open many paths and provide many opportunities for the the next generation to come. I feel honored and blessed to have been a part of their growth. I hope to visit Uganda again in the future and inspire another generation of b-boys and b-girls.
Check out my Flickr page to see my set of photos from Uganda.
I know some of you probably were expecting a more in-depth review of my trip but the truth is, I don’t want to type all that info. I will let the pictures do the speaking for me.