e all have friends and relatives we can turn to when the going gets tough and we need an extra coin for this or that. But Ugandans have taken this soliciting for money a little too far and if a Twitter thread started by @shutterMAI_Landby is anything to go by, many people are getting tired of it.
On May 17th, @shutterMAI_Landby, tweeted, “What would your “so Ugandan” Thesis topic be? Lesss go”.
The replies were nothing short of hilarious. One after the other, people gave thesis topics on money, language, politics, dogs and everything in between. It was clear however that the constant demands of money by workmates, dealers and strangers, was on top of people’s minds.
One tweep, @beewol gave his idea of an interesting thesis:
“Where’s my Christmas?”
An attempt to decipher and comprehend the self entitlement and tendency of Ugandans to turn your relationship to/with them into a platform to solicit for gifts, money & favours from you during the Holidays.
A failed Thesis.
— Talkative Rocker (@beewol) May 18, 2019
Aidah who uses the Twitter handle @msbatya added her thoughts too:
“Mugagga wange” An imperical study into the concept of Ugandans’ feelings of entitlement to one’s ka little money by the mere utterance of the phrase.
— Aidah (@msbatya) May 18, 2019
The twitter thread got even more interesting. Adelle Agb talked about the much touted belief that once someone has put on weight then there is some money behind it.
“Otadeko weight, Mpa ku Sente” – A case study into deceptive phrases to seek financial growth and stability with an indirect innuendo: Target Audience – Millennials
— Adelle Agb (@adelleagb) May 20, 2019
Jose Vuba whose Twitter handle is @Khabeelah proposed the line that everyone in this country who has lent someone some money or who is owed money has definitely heard:
“There’s some Ka money I’m expecting”: An in-depth analysis of the average Ugandan’s borrowing behaviour
— José Vuba (@Khabeelah) May 18, 2019
Apart from the money issues however, there were others who suggested different topics. Nimusiima on the handle @AggieNims touched on a topic that many middle and senior level managers have been guilty of doing:
I’ll let you know when I’m free- An analysis into methods employed by Ugandans to to politely turn down invitations to events and engagements they are generally uninterested in
— Nimusiima (@AggieNims) May 19, 2019
Brian Ntambirweki had to go for that phrase that Bad Black sorta made famous:
“Mbwa mwe” an empirical study into how a derogatory statement excited a nation.
— Brian Ntambirweki (@Mutungi__) May 18, 2019
Isaac Muganwa on @aimug went political and his idea was about that bush that many people are tired of being reminded about, especially because bushes do not put food on the table.
Where were you when we went to the bush? : A case study of African Revolutionaries and why they are doomed to repeat the errors of their predecessors
— isaac muganwa (@aimug) May 19, 2019
@Lukyandrew continued with the politics talk, obviously irritated like many over the kind of Members of Parliament we have in the August House.
“Honourable Member of Parliament” An indepth study on the making of Uganda’s highest paid and most cherished con artist gig
— Andrew (@Lukyandrew) May 19, 2019
On Day two, May 19th, the topics were still pouring in. @BrightSide_Ug shared his trying to find a relationship between opposition politicians and donor money.
Omusajja agenda: Understanding Ugandan opposition politicians and their their thirst for constant flow of donor cash ? cc @nyamadon ??
— Mr Bright Side (@BrightSide_Ug) May 19, 2019
Some hinted on relationships, such as @Mr_rugamba’s:
“Do you want your girlfriend to pour acid on me? ?” A discussion on female agency in local dating practices.
— Tayo (@Mr_rugamba) May 18, 2019
The thread although funny certainly revealed the numerous things that annoy people. For all the tweets we saw however, none of them hinted at or raised a positive thing about Uganda worth doing a thesis on. Perhaps, we suggest, an analysis can be done on, “Abantu Bakowu” – a phrase used by people to mean they are tired of public and private wrongs done to them regardless of whether it was their fault or not.