I need not to talk a lot about Henry Suubi. Until August 2019, this lad was unknown. His fortune started with a bully counterpart who photographed him with his metallic case to the university. The intention of the photographer notwithstanding, it opened doors for the young Suubi who is selling like a hot cake now.
I must testify that I loved his courage, humility and focus. I must say that many Suubis are at various universities and communities but unnoticed.
The difference between them is focus and pretense. In the genuine Suubi, he carries his metallic case, has no smart phone, goes to school to study and to him, poverty is a challenge to challenge. In the pretending Suubies, they compel their parents to sell the piece of land at home or borrow from financial institutions and finally incapacitate their entire clan.
The pretending Suubies are a source of our problems. They have facilitated corruption. Their parents have ended up demanding for bribes in order to provide for their children such that they don’t appear to be a “Suubi”.
To cut the long story short, you are a “Suubi”. You just need to realize that you are. Live a life worth transforming than the hyper life of expending whatever the family has. The life that will attract people towards you. Don’t wait for luck to befall. Live a humble and genuine life.
There are many “Suubies” in your villages, communities, districts and places of worship. They have also presented to you in many forms but we have spent less or no time on recognizing them. Their photographers have rather not done their best to make you realize that you need to help.
In the transformation equation, we need no many “Suubies” but their appropriate photographers. We need actors with the compassion and courage to identify the Suubi and offer a helping hand. These “Subbies” are also at your workplaces. They are strong gate keepers and game changers of society but there should be open eyes and compassion to offer a helping hand.
The writer is the Executive Director
Mid Western Region Anti Corruption Coalition – MIRAC.