HOPE

‘Never underestimate the power which you can get from believing and having having hope’

Do you ever think about how many things we imagine in one day? I will tell you a story , seven years ago I decided to leave everything that I knew to move to a new country for a better life , to build a career that I always imagined in my head . There is always no guarantee that when you decide to do something it’s gonna happen, I think I Have always just had self believe that when I imagine things in my head they are going to happen. I didn’t know what to expect, I was alone and 17 at the time and I’m embarrassed to say that it was the first time I had even stepped on a plane to travel. I was more excited than scared to start a new journey where I could build my dreams from the scratch.

I had no guarantee that moving to a Foreign land would get me to live the life I imagined in my head at the time but I had hope because I knew that I was going to fight for everything that I dreamt of . Years later I’m still building a strong base to my career , isn’t it so funny to believe that after such a long time I’m still going ? but it’s because I have hope that I will reach where I’m going. Never underestimate the power which you can get from believing and having having hope.

Imagine all these years I’m still going and I’m happy because every day is different, I learn something new every day, I get something to make me happy every day even just by thinking of something nice in my head. And I have hope that one day all the hard work will pay off , now that doesn’t mean that it’s all going to happen but the hope that I have keeps me going every day and I will never give up.

Let’s continue to live a life where we believe and do things that impact other peoples lives to give them hope that something good can come out of the life we are leaving, that we are all important and equal. We shall all live a life that we have imagined in our heads one day if we believe and have hope.

Unexpected Twist

‘I want to see the younger girls who dream of achieving more in this sport reach greater heights’

They are so many of us in the world who have dreams and at times we go through ups and downs . Am not sure why for me sometimes it seems as though there more downs than ups? Sometimes I wonder if it’s our own making or not? What’s life nway?

Look am learning to be happy in my skin, to see what I can do better and what am good at best , to think a lot smarter and be more patient with life. Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves to much and became crying babies, but every time I feel low I remember their are 1000s of kids in the world who are hungry and haven’t eaten for days, someone who was born blind and has never seen their loved ones, or someone who has a passion to play sport but has never walked at all. We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get to work.

We need to show the world our purpose. Let’s always work without expecting recognition, sometimes personal satisfaction is the best reward you can ever get. I think I have been to greedy, I have dreamt of playing football my entire life And it’s all I ever wanted. I have given up a lot to be able to play and its been a lot of sacrifices to say the least . I never expected to ever lose this first love of playing football to instead wanting to help other girls to play it and rise to greater heights , every time I look back at this life of mine and football I wonder what a twist it has been ! I have represented my national team and that was one of my biggest dreams in this sport. Now I want to do more, I want to see the younger girls who dream of achieving more in this sport reach greater heights. Even if that means costing me my playing career I feel I want to do more because it’s just my heart, it’s what makes me happy and It’s my new dream and am happiest when am in the field on ground inspiring these girls to play football

So my message today is there maybe tough times in your life right now and you don’t know what you gonna do, but take one day at a time and don’t worry much about tomorrow . Tomorrow will take care of it’s self ,And besides we never know what tomorrow holds so we should utilise today and live it like there’s no tomorrow and do exactly what makes us happy and feel useful to the world instead of feeling sorry for ourselves .

My Powerful Friend

‘My dream is to see women’s football in Uganda, Africa and the World reach heights its never reached before’

Who gives power?

I don’t know, I think power is in the mind. I love working hard to achieve all I want, nothing I have got right now has come easy, and occasionally I stay up till late doing assignments and laying strategies of how I can be great. By the way its just a funny saying I always tell anyone who asks me why I sleep late. When I stay awake at night I feel powerful, there’s a sense of security I feel and can do so many things or rather I achieve a during the night. I always feel the power is in my mind, Been playing football since I was 8 with my brother at home in the compound and never knew I would fall in love so much with the game. From what I recall from the first match I played I was good. I played competitive football for the first time in my high school

Football is so powerful. The things I have sacrificed for this game always remind me so much of the power of football. I have played since I was 8. That powerful man who I had to go through to make sure he lets the other girls play, what do you do? You make the sacrifice for them. When I was in high school, the only way was to bring in players on sports bursaries to the school and yes, this paragraph is blurry but its because its supposed to be. Imagine starting the team for the girls to play, more captain days with the challenges, well my mother being a Member of parliament didn’t help either. But I did my best. Every morning I have woke up I have given the very best to this sport, I have given everything.

Leaving the country for greener pastures was about hope. My life is about hope. I always want girls/ women to believe that this dream is possible. I left everything I knew at home to come to London and play soccer, but it was to give hope to other girls and for them to know that all things are possible. Signing for my first club here in London, that story will be for another day. But I stayed three seasons at Phoenix ladies in the second division and then signed for QPR in the formally known English league. I wanted to challenge myself and I did just that. The sacrifices still for staying there amongst all the good players but all in all I enjoyed my time there. I got my first national team call up and had my national team debut. Proud moment of my career.

There was a powerful friend still were to blur this had to still be my friend. I will stop there without elaborating much but what this game does to us makes me know its real. The feelings are real. There’s no day that passes by without me thinking of what I would be doing if I had no football in my life. Leaving QPR for Palace was the hardest decision I had to make but for me to go was the best thing at the time. Short lived stint, much not said its football, I love this game. It has instilled feelings of love, hatred, the tears I have had, the doubts, passion, all have been there with me every step of the way.

I decided to add a twist to my journey where so many other girls will have opportunities to play like I did. I started the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup at home under the Sseninde Foundation. My dream is to see women’s football in Uganda, Africa and the World reach heights its never reached before. Being fully professional and young girls having a chance to dream and believe in the system. The opportunities I’ve got right now I want to use them to help other girls and boys, to give them hope.

Football is a unique powerful tool. I still think it’s the biggest sport in the world. It changes lives, it makes people and it changes people. I thought about it too much and I decided to take a little break away from the sport to run the tournament this year and yes, I have enjoyed the break away from the field. Very challenging but maybe sometimes it’s necessary. Football is very powerful and it became apart of my life 24 years ago, the most powerful friend that has always been with me, I have met incredible people, made new friends, made me cry, laugh , learn and do all the hard things I’ve had to do to get here but again we would do anything to get there right? Football has always been with me and it’s so powerful, it became my silent powerful friend from which my life rotates.

Football is more than just a game, it’s a way we can all use to express ourselves and I plan to continue this journey to inspire the world and help so many players believe in their dreams.

FELLOW WOMEN

‘To all my fellow women who have paved way for us and the generations to come, Thank you’

My fellow women,

how amazing that we are slowly trying to defy the odds. Starting from the most popular field, we recently had the first female commentator in the world cup, we have the first secretary general in FIFA. By the way, does it not make it sweeter that she’s from Africa? we have a few first female federation presidents now, country presidents, journalists in top companies and many more, we are very powerful and it’s even more amazing we are beautiful. How can we not show off? Am loving the campaigns that various organisations have promoted like the ‘me too’ campaign, gives us strength to speak up . We are putting to shame all those who never saw the power of women before. Football wise, we now have full time professional soccer teams just for women, so young girls dream on and continue this fight our great women have started, lets leave the legacy for others to learn and even do better. Not forgetting the mothers, the young women out there who must make unnecessary sacrifices to get where they want to get, I tell you , we are more intelligent, lets continue to even close this pay gap which we rightly deserve.

All this doesn’t mean we don’t need men, yes, we do, my plea is let’s work together in a world where we have the same opportunities to achieve success . let’s use our power which we have so we can conquer the world, the world is moving fast, and we have tried to move at the same pace. let’s walk this journey together, lets empower each other and aim for the top. Maybe one day a very big organisation shall have only female heads as bosses. For everyone out there be it a young women or man who dreams of a better world, lets start now and join this fight for equality and inclusion. Let’s live in a society that includes everyone. Not saying we are perfect and we should all forcefully be friends but let’s always try to forgive one another and to separate differences with the love for success. Let’s continue this fight and the only way is greatness

To all my fellow women who have paved way for us and the generations to come, Thank you

Philanthropic Endeavour: Leadership Award

‘Football is more than just a game, it’s a way we can all express ourselves’

When I was little, I didn’t have much imagination of what the footballing world could teach me.

Football is more than just a game, it’s a way we can all express ourselves. Being involved in my foundation has created a sense of responsibility, care and a different kind of love.

For the first time in my life I was awarded the Leadership award at the Best of Africa (B o A) football awards in London. This was a Dream come true and hoping the first of many.

Am thankful to the Lord for being awarded the philanthropic endeavour leadership award (30/Apr/18)

Boa awards 2018 amongst some other great African players .

I dedicate it to my family ,friends , the whole Sseninde Foundation team and everyone else who endlessly supports us. To all the young girls and boys, never give up on your dreams .

Special thanks to Common Goal and Concave Football for the endless support I have had for the past One year.

The Questions

‘you will never be without a friend’

That battle in the mind, how do we stand up tall and win? Its like David and Goliath. Because these always seem undefeatable and gross! Can’t explain it better…

How do you get up again after you have failed so many times?

How do u get the motivation to keep going after you have been told repeatedly you are not good enough?

How do u get off the couch knowing your teammate is working ten times harder to earn you spot?

How do you remain consistent after you have reached the top?

Despite the questions always know, you will never be without a friend. Those hard days where u feel alone is when you are not alone. I think we all have our guardian Angels even on earth. Take the big step and get off the couch! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and try. The reason I try is because I want to see how far I can go. There’s no limitation to what we can do and its not just a word, we must believe it.

Nothing is Easy, some days are harder than others but always find a positive when things are hard, rehearse every situation in your mind so that it will be easy when the time comes…because I don’t know to, maybe some questions don’t have answers…

CAF WOMEN’S SYMPOSIUM

‘Am more grateful to all who put me in this position ‘

This week turned out to be more than I expected, nothing is more rewarding than spending your days doing what you love . I had the pleasure of being invited for the CAF Women’s Symposium in Marrakech, Morocco.

I can’t put into words what an amazing experience its been. Straight from Zurich from the FIFA Equality and Inclusion as a speaker to this, doing things I love. I am more grateful to all who put me in this position, to God for always giving me strength and for you all for the endless messages of support I receive every day in my inbox.

I have met incredible people and made a lot of friends I hope to have with me for not only life but also for the togetherness of us developing women’s football.

I got to play along side these great Legends of Africa. What an honour

Special thanks to Concave football boots, Common Goal, Sseninde Foundation and everyone who is with me on this journey. Not as straight as it may seem but am grateful for the opportunity and strength I get everyday from the Lord to keep going.

Until next time, I want to say Thank you to everyone who has been there for me through it all . Merci as I learnt in French this week.

Basics

‘Dont settle for less than what you think you deserve’

Give up or not? Its the question that battles most of us all day and night , but giving up is never an option. It only makes things worse, so i thought of another way. its not as though theres’nt any other options but this among others.

Go back to Basics but don’t settle for less than what you think you deserve. The battle in the heart, who wins? I don’t know to. Being in a quiet place and thinking of nothing is how I find myself, but everyone knows what works for them.  You succeed when you get the opportunities, take them all because you don’t know when they are all going to be gone. Sometimes the low moments push us to be stronger but at times people do give up. please don’t judge a soul before you know their situation. Everyone is fighting a battle inside, all that glitters …

What do you do when you have done something before and came out on top and then the other time you just don’t, how many times have you felt like you are not good enough and its always you. This life is a never-ending journey as I’ve said before, you keep moving. When you get to an obstacle and succeed, then look forward to another. It’s like a never-ending cycle.

There’s no hiding place with life, you either stand strong and walk on or find and excuse to stop. Its such a long way to stop…(sadly). sometimes we must go back to basics and stand firm on what we deserve. On this journey I’ve always said how its important to stay patient. but you know your goals, always push yourself to be better. It’s good to go back to basics sometimes, but also push yourself and see how far you can go. Don’t settle for less than what u think you deserve.

INSTINCT

‘every second counts on the road to greatness’

One of the greatest gifts we all possess is our instinct, to me it’s a voice that always speaks right. Most of the good things that have happened to me have been because I’ve listened to my inner voice and the bad because I didn’t.

I have this friend of mine I’ve just met recently, I have every reason to smile because within a short space of time, time that I don’t even have, I’ve managed to smile, and have my share of happiness in my busy schedule. Only thing is I keep getting scared when …is around, I feel my heart racing fast and sometimes it feels as though they could kill m* for obvious reasons ‘good ‘friends could do, jealousy. It’s not that I don’t listen to my instinct and run away, am still very scared, but am trying to be brave and believe that love will over come all odds and I will survive. I hope I do…

When we are on our various journeys, it’s not all merry, some days are good, and some days are bad. On the good days, we celebrate and during the bad days we need people, family and friends. These are the people who lift us up in moments when we feel low, so I say we need people in our lives regardless. I’ve always said we cannot do things alone, we need people. When you are alone, you can achieve a lot, but together as a team there’s no limitation to what we can achieve.

Its important to have people we trust on our team, people who believe in our dreams and have the love of what they are doing to contribute positively to the team. I always listen to my heart and hope that the pieces will come together in the future. It’s important to do the things we believe in when we have the opportunity because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. These days things change in a split second and feels as though life is at a sprinting pace, there’s no time to blink and rest, every second counts on the road to greatness.

Let’s cherish the random people we meet who wish us well, sometimes keeping contact of that one person we meet is the key that unlocks opportunities.

Finally, I believe that when we are alone which seems to be the case on numerous occasions, we are never short of who to talk to, or who to listen to when we are making the big choices/decisions in our lives and that’s our instincts…